Somersworth Housing Authority

Serving the Community since 1961 

Questions? Call us at 1-603-692-2864

How to Port-In your voucher from another Housing Authority to the SHA:

You will need to sign a voucher before your portability packet can be sent to another housing authority. This will also start your 120 day time period that you will need to locate an apartment

Please have your portability packet sent to:


Somersworth Housing Authority

Attn: Keri McIlvaine

25 Bartlett Ave., Suite A

Somersworth, NH 03878


Phone: 603-692-2864 Ext 314

Fax: 603-692-2877

Email: kmcilvaine@somersworthhousing.org

Find out if the Receiving Housing Authority is Billing OR Absorbing your voucher:

If the housing authority is billing for your voucher, please let the SHA know immediately so your Housing Officer can determine if you are moving to an area with high apartment costs. If you are moving to higher cost area the SHA must determine if the budget can support a higher cost for your subsidy. See your Housing Officer for more information.

You will need to find the Housing Authority you will be transferring your voucher to:

OR if the receiving housing authority isn't planning to bill for your voucher, they will be absorbing your voucher into their program, and issue you a voucher from their housing authority.

The ability of a family to move from the jurisdiction of the SHA to another Housing Authority is called PORTABILITY.


Portability allows you to move anywhere in the United States with your Section 8 Voucher.

3) The Housing Officer will then give a 30 day notice to the landlord to terminate the HAP Contract.

2) The Housing Officer will then contact your landlord to make sure: A) You are not breaking a lease and B) you do not owe any money in rent.

Make an appointment to sign a new voucher with your SHA Housing Officer:

Portability with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher:

You must be eligible to move:

1) You must give a written 30 day notice to your current landlord and provide a copy to your Housing Officer.

Your Housing Officer at SHA will need the contact information of the Housing Authority that your portability packet will be sent to. Please contact the Housing Authority that will be receiving your voucher and provide the SHA their name, address, phone number, fax number and email address of the contact person at the authority.  

Ask the receiving housing authority if they are planning to bill the SHA for your Section 8 Voucher; meaning they will be submitting a monthly bill to the SHA for the cost of your voucher.

How to Port-Out your Voucher to another Housing Authority from the SHA:

The SHA is currently ABSORBING port-in vouchers.