About HAPP


Portability is the transfer of a Tenant's voucher from one Section 8 HCV agency to a location in another HCV agency’s jurisdiction in a new county and/or state. You must already have a Housing Choice Voucher in order to port in or out of our county.

Porting Out of Johnston County:

Applicants must have lived in Johnston County for at least a year, at the time in which they applied for assistance, to be able to port to another county or state.  Otherwise, they must live in Johnston County for at least a year before they are eligible to transfer.  

Porting to Johnston County from another county or state:

Current Section 8 voucher holders who are residing in another county or state and wish to port to Johnston County must first complete a 30-day notice with their current agency and let their agency know they want to port to Johnston County.

IMPORTANT:  Due to the current overwhelming shortage of affordable Rentals in Johnston County, NC please check out our local housing market first to ensure you can find affordable and suitable housing prior to giving up your current housing and moving to our area. 



HAPP’s payments standards are as follows:

Payment Standards for HAPP Effective: 10/01/2021

Number of Person(s) in HH Voucher Size Fair Market Rent % Used Payment Standard Maximum Suggested Rent Amt
Head of household (HH)  0 BR / Efficiency 1038 90%  $934 $784 
HH & spouse, couple 1 Bedroom 1073 110% $1180 $1030
HH & 1-2 children, other 2 BR 1223 110% $1,345 $1195
HH & 3-4 children, other 3 BR 1517 100% $1,517 $1367
HH & 5-6 children, other 4 BR 1982 100% $1,982 $1757
 HH & 7-8 children, other 5 BR 2279 95% $2165 $1915 
Mobile home lot rent   489 90% $440  


(Must already have a Section 8 voucher to port)


Send Portability information to:

April Hockaday, Administrative Assistant

or fax to: 919-989-5421

or mail to: 
P.O. Box 1515
Smithfield, NC 27577

Email is the preferred method as it’s more efficient which speeds up the portability process.

Once our agency receives your Portability file from your current agency, one of our Housing Specialists will call you to make an appointment for you to come in for your briefing. Please be sure your agency includes a current contact number for you.



Page last updated:  June 28, 2022

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