Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Portability

MSHDA is currently absorbing incoming applicants and participants into its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. MSHDA may bill the initial Public Housing Agency for certain Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) applicants and participants moving into MSHDA’s jurisdiction.

An eligible family that has been issued a voucher may use that voucher to lease a unit anywhere in the United States where there is a Public Housing Agency operating an HCV program. This is referred to as “portability”. Please refer to the “How Portability Works” flyer under “Resources” below for detailed information on the portability process and items to consider when planning your move.

Incoming Portability

MSHDA’s HCV program allows for families with a voucher from another Public Housing Agency to transfer their voucher to Michigan. This is referred to as “porting in” to MSHDA’s jurisdiction.   If you wish to port into MSHDA’s jurisdiction, please contact your current Public Housing Agency and have them forward your portability package to MSHDA using the Incoming Portability contact information below.

NOTE: MSHDA will not accept an incoming portability package if the applicant/participant is remaining in the jurisdiction of the initial Public Housing Agency (PHA).

Outgoing Portability

Similarly, MSHDA’s HCV program allows for families with a voucher issued by MSHDA to transfer their voucher outside of Michigan. This is referred to as “porting out” of MSHDA’s jurisdiction. Current MSHDA applicants or participants wishing to port-out of MSHDA’s jurisdiction (outside of Michigan) must contact their assigned Housing Agent to determine eligibility. Click here for a list of MSHDA Housing Agents by county.

Resources

Incoming Portability Contact Information

For questions regarding porting into MSHDA’s jurisdiction (Incoming Portability) contact:

mshda-portability@michigan.gov

517-241-3331 (phone)

All incoming portability packages must be mailed, faxed, or emailed as follows:

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Incoming Portability Department
PO Box 30044
Lansing, MI  48909
517-241-3376 (fax)
mshda-portability@michigan.gov

Outgoing Portability Contact Information

For questions regarding porting out of MSHDA’s jurisdiction (Outgoing Portability) contact:

mshda-portability@michigan.gov

517-241-3193 (phone)