The objectives of the Transfer Policy include the following:

  • To address emergency situations, including victims of domestic violence.
  • To fully utilize available housing resources while avoiding overcrowding by insuring that each participant occupies the appropriate unit size.
  • To facilitate relocation when required for modernization or other management purposes.
  • To facilitate relocation of participants with inadequate housing accommodations.
  • To provide an incentive for families to assist in meeting the CHA’s deconcentration goal.
  • To eliminate vacancy loss and other expense due to unnecessary transfers.

Categories of transfers – these are the only circumstances in which a transfer will be approved

Emergency/medical transfers:

  • These transfers are necessary when conditions pose an immediate threat to the life, health, or safety of a participant or one of its members. Such situations may involve defects of the unit or the building in which it is located, the health condition of a family member, a hate crime, the safety of witnesses to a crime, or a law enforcement matter particular to the neighborhood.
  • Medical transfers are available only to the elderly/disabled/handicapped participants and require no less than two (2) medical practitioner statements accompanying the request.

Administrative transfers:

  • These transfers are made to offer incentives to participants willing to help meet certain CHA occupancy goals, to correct occupancy standards where the unit size is inappropriate for the size and composition of the family, to allow for non-emergency but medically advisable transfers, and other transfers approved by the CHA when a transfer is the only or best way of solving a serious problem.

EXCEPTIONS: The CHA will grant exceptions to the transfer policy for persons with disabilities requesting a transfer as a reasonable accommodation. In these instances, the Reasonable Accommodation policy will take precedence. Additionally the CHA will grant exceptions to the transfer policy for victims of domestic violence in accordance with the VAWA procedures. In the instances the victim will be required to complete the form HUD 50066 and provide third party verification of their status (e.g. from a shelter, the courts or a law enforcement agency). The CHA may deny VAWA status to victims who have, by their own actions as confirmed by third party verification, subjected themselves to further victimization by the offender after the CHA or another housing agency previously granted VAWA status to the victim.