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Moving with Continued Housing Assistance

One of the great advantages of the Housing Choice Voucher is that it enables you to move to another housing unit and continue to receive assistance. (There are some vouchers with different funding types that do not allow portability. See your Housing Specialist for details).

There are two types of moves in the voucher program:

  • Mandatory Move - A mandatory move is when you are required to move to another unit because your landlord fails to make the repairs required under the Federal Housing Quality Standards or the landlord has violated some other program requirements.
  • Voluntary Move - A voluntary move is when you choose to move to another unit. It is the policy of Columbia Housing that voluntary moves can only occur one time each year and only at the time of your annual recertification.

Regardless of which type of move, you are required to meet with your Housing Specialist before we issue you a new voucher to start your search for a new unit.

  • New Requirements - The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The federal government has changed many of the regulations and the Housing Authority has changed many of its policies for the voucher program.

A great feature of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is that families may choose from a broad variety of housing types and locations. This is important because where you live can also affect your access to job opportunities, transportation, medical care, training programs and schools, shopping, and community services. Think about where you want to live and make an informed choice when you select your next home.