What is RHNA?
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. RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. SCAG is in the process of developing the 6th cycle RHNA allocation plan which will cover the planning period October 2021 through October 2029. It is planned for adoption by SCAG in October 2020.
Communities use 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. 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.
RHNA Draft Allocation and Appeals
With the Regional Council’s adoption of Connect SoCal in its entirety on September 3, 2020, SCAG is distributing the draft RHNA Allocation to local jurisdictions. The appeals process will also begin on September 11, 2020 following the adopted RHNA Appeals Procedures with timelines updated to reflect the delay of the Connect SoCal Plan full adoption.
The 6th Cycle Appeals Board Hearing will take place on:
January 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 11, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 13, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
January 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]
Final RHNA Allocation Methodology
Adopted by Regional Council 3/5/20
SCAG RHNA Communication with California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
In partnership with the California Community Foundation (CCF), SCAG is launching the Call for Collaboration program, which will fund the development of community-based policies and plans that help cities and counties reach 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals of more than 1.3 million new housing units across the six-county SCAG region over the 2021-2029 planning cycle. The Call for Collaboration aims to increase community involvement in local planning and housing initiatives by promoting community-driven and equitable growth strategies. SCAG is dedicating $1 million of Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) state grant to combine with funds from CCF, the Irvine Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, and other funding partners.
SCAG has been granted $47 million in Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) funding from Assembly Bill (AB) 101 to administer RHNA and provide housing planning and process improvement services to cities and counties. SCAG is setting aside approximately $23 million, or 50 percent, of its REAP funding, for the Subregional Partnership Program, which will fund a call for projects from subregional partners that augment local SB 2 and LEAP activities. Funding allocation for this program will be based on the final RHNA allocation.
The Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities program (AHSC) builds healthier communities and protects the environment by increasing the supply of affordable places to live near jobs, stores, transit, and other daily needs. Personal vehicle use is, by far, the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. AHSC reduces these emissions by funding projects that make it easier for residents to get out of their cars and walk, bike, or take public transit.
AHSC provides funding for affordable housing developments (new construction or renovation) and transportation infrastructure. This may include sustainable transportation infrastructure, such as new transit vehicles, sidewalks, and bike lanes; transportation-related amenities, such as bus shelters, benches, or shade trees; and other programs that encourage residents to walk, bike, and use public transit.