SCAG Sustainable Communities Program – Housing & Sustainable Development

The 2020/2021 Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) provides local agencies with multiple opportunities to seek funding and resources to meet the needs of communities, address recovery and resiliency strategies considering COVID-19, and support regional goals. The Housing and Sustainable Development (HSD) Call for Applications is now accepting applications across three project types:

  1. Advancing Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Implementation
  2. Housing Sustainability Districts, Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones, and Housing Supportive Tax Increment Financing Districts
  3. Objective Development Standards for Streamlined Housing, Pro-housing Designation Program and Parking Innovation

Applicants can apply for any of the three project types within the Housing and Sustainable Development (HSD) Program Area. More details about the each project type, program area goals, and the SCP overall can be found on the Sustainable Communities Program webpage.


Call for Collaboration

The Southern California Call for Collaboration fosters diverse community-driven approaches, and strategic coalitions to shape and execute a vision for more housing in every community while addressing historical racial inequities. It is an invitation to community members, community organizers, affordable housing developers, lenders, start-ups, technologists, academics, small business owners, non-profits, policy shapers, advocates, and social entrepreneurs, to be a part of the housing and affordability crisis’ solution and visioning process. The Call for Collaboration aims to seed and uplift great ideas that can become realities through partnerships and elevate local conversations on social justice. The innovation we seek are new models for engagement, collaboration and partnership to promote equitable and sustainable development practices across the region. The application to participate will be posted in early 2021.

Download the Call for Collaboration Flyer


Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)

What is the 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. The 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 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.

View Comment Letters Received

RHNA Draft Allocation and Appeals

With 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.

RHNA Appeals Hearing Notice and Schedule (Third Amended 1/20/21)
RHNA Appeals Board Orientation Presentation (12/07/20)
RHNA Draft Allocations (9/3/20)
RHNA Draft Allocation Calculator (Updated 9/3/2020)
RHNA Appeals Procedures (Updated 9/3/2020)
RHNA Appeals Procedures FAQ
SCAG 6th Cycle RHNA Appeals Timeline (Updated 9/3/2020)

View RHNA Appeals Filed

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]

Final RHNA Allocation Methodology

Adopted by Regional Council 3/5/20

Final RHNA Methodology (Updated 3/5/20)
Final RHNA Methodology Data Appendix (Updated 3/5/20)
RHNA Estimated Allocations (Updated 3/5/20)
Local Planning Factor Survey Responses (Updated 9/30/19)
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Survey Responses (AFFH) (Updated 9/30/19)

View archived videos of past Regional Council, CEHD and RHNA Subcommittee meetings on their respective committee web pages.

HCD Communication

SCAG RHNA Communication with California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

HCD Review of RC-Approved Draft RHNA Methodology
HCD Final Regional Housing Need Determination/Response to SCAG Objection
SCAG Objection Letter to HCD Regional Determination
HCD Regional Housing Need Determination Letter


Regional Early Action Planning (REAP)

Subregional Partnerships & Funding

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.


Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC)

The Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and 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.