RHNA & Housing

What is the RHNA?

5th Cycle Final Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Allocation Plan adopted by the Regional Council on October 4, 2012 and approved by HCD on November 26 2012.


The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State Housing Law as part of the periodic process of updating local housing elements of the General Plan. The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. The 5th cycle RHNA Allocation Plan, which covers the planning period from October 2013 to October 2021, was adopted by the Regional Council on October 4, 2012. Fifth cycle housing element updates must be adopted by October 15, 2013.

Communities use the RHNA in land use planning, prioritizing local resource allocation, and in deciding how to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from population, employment and household growth. The RHNA does not necessarily encourage or promote growth, but rather allows communities to anticipate growth, so that collectively the region and subregion can grow in ways that enhance quality of life, improve access to jobs, promotes transportation mobility, and addresses social equity, fair share housing needs. More information can be found on the RHNA Fact Sheet.

Important RHNA Documents

RHNA Statistics & Analysis

The RHNA Statistics and Analysis are on SCAG's GIS & Data Services microsite. Please click button below to view and select data to download.

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RHNA and Housing Element Reform Subcommittee

The RHNA and Housing Element Reform Subcommittee will meet to discuss and recommend ways to improve the RHNA and housing element processes. For more information on the Subcommittee and agendas, visit SCAG's RHNA and Housing Element Reform Subcommittee page.

Housing Elements 2012
To comply with California state housing law, jurisdictions within California must update their housing element every eight (8) years.
Resources & Links
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RHNA & Housing Element Reform Subcommittee Agendas
The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods.