Housing Elements 2020

Overview

6th Cycle Housing Element Updates

To comply with state housing law, jurisdictions within California must update their housing element every eight (8) years. In collaboration with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), SCAG has developed a housing needs data package for each local jurisdiction. These data are available as complete reports as well as in raw format. HCD has pre-certified these data and reports for use in local jurisdictions’ 6th cycle housing element updates.

For more information, please contact us at housing@scag.ca.gov.

Reports were updated in April 2021 to include each jurisdiction’s final 6th cycle RHNA allocation. Excel versions of each jurisdiction’s data are available in the complete raw data and metadata file.

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Housing Element Workshop: New Laws & Tools

August 20, 2020 & August 27, 2020

The Housing Element Digital Workshop is a two-part series focused on providing local governments and other stakeholders in the SCAG region with information and resources to support their 6th Cycle Housing Element Updates. The workshop provided information on changes in housing element and related planning laws as well as available technical assistance offered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and SCAG.

Part 1:  Thursday, August 20th 2020, 1:00PM - 3:30PM

The first workshop day in this two-part series included sessions on Housing Element technical assistance and data elements offered by SCAG along with a deeper dive into HCD’s recently released Site Inventory Guidelines.

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Part 2:  Thursday, August 27th 2020, 1:00PM - 3:30PM

The second day featured a discussion on determining accessory dwelling unit capacity and affordability. The agenda also included additional housing element guidance from HCD, such as affirmatively furthering fair housing and other requirements added to state housing law since the last housing element cycle.

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Documents, Resources & Links

Documents

PRESS RELEASE: SCAG announces Subregional Partnership Program
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is making available $23 million to its subregional partners for projects that would accelerate home and apartment production and help local jurisdictions meet their immediate and longer-term housing needs. The funding is through SCAG’s share of the state’s Regional Early Action Program (REAP), designed to help cities, counties and regions address the critical housing shortage across California. Last week, SCAG released jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction draft allocations for the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) – a state-mandated process to ensure that jurisdictions plan for the housing needs of all residents regardless of income.

Eligible Statutory Uses of Housing Planning Funds Pursuant to SB 2 (2017) and AB 101 (2019)

Press Release: SCAG approves modified plan for allocating 1.34 million units as part of the 6th Cycle RHNA process
SCAG Press Release: SCAG approves modified plan for allocating 1.34 million units as part of the 6th Cycle RHNA process

6th Cycle RHNA HCD Determination Letter

5th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Allocation Methodology
Final RHNA Allocation Methodology Approved by the CEHD Committee and Regional Council on November 3, 2011

5th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment Final Allocation Plan, 1/1/2014 ‐ 10/1/2021
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.

Clarification of Housing Element Planning Period
Letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) clarifying the eligibility for jurisdictions to take RHNA credit, May 21, 2012

Draft Regional Housing Needs Allocation
Draft Regional Housing Needs Allocation (by Components and Income), 1/1/2014-10/1/2021. Approved for distribution by the Regional Council, February 2, 2012

Final 5th RHNA Allocation Plan

Final Regional Housing Need Allocation Plan - Planning Period (January 1, 2006 - June 30, 2014)
Regional Housing Needs Assessment 2007: Final 2007 RHNA Allocation Final 2007 RHNA Allocation Adopted by SCAG Regional Council July 12, 2007 and Transmitted to HCD July 13, 2007

Regional Housing Need Assessment Determination
Letter from California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) with regional housing need determination for 5th RHNA cycle (2014-2021), August 17, 2011

Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Report

RHNA Allocation Methodology Technical Appendices
Final RHNA Methodology Technical Appendices Approved by the CEHD Committee and Regional Council on November 3, 2011. This is a very large file (21 MB), download may take some time.

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is an assessment process performed periodically as part of Housing Element and General Plan updates at the local level.

Senate Bill 35 Flowchart
 

Archived Documents

Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) FAQ Fact Sheet
¿Una Mision Imposible? Enfrentando El Probleman de la Vivienda en California - Una Vision General de la Crisis
Mission Impossible? Meeting California's Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing and Anti-displacement Manual
Housing Planning Guidebook
RHNA Appeals Board, July 24, 2012 Agenda Packet
RHNA Appeals Board, July 13, 2012 Agenda Packet
RHNA Appeals Board, July 12, 2012 Agenda Packet
RHNA Appeals Board, April 19, 2012 Agenda
Westside Workforce Housing Study February 2009
Regional Housing Summit Engages With the Reality of Housing Market Uncertainty: Navigating the Course
SCAG Board Adopts Regional Housing Allocation Plan
Regional Housing Summit Locks "Beyond Gridlock"
Where Will Our Children Live? State, Local Leaders Present Strategies to Improve Housing Affordability and Availability
Solutions to Southern California's Housing Crisis Are Seen In Removing Unnecessary Regulations and Focusing on the Logistics Ind
"Outside of the Box" Strategies to Overcome the Housing Crisis Discussed at SCAG Housing Summit
Smart Housing 101 at SCAG's 4th Annual Housing Summit
The New Economy and Jobs/Housing Balance in Southern California

Resources & Links

Sustainable Communities Program (formerly known as Compass Blueprint Grant Program) was established as an innovative vehicle for promoting local jurisdictional efforts to test local planning tools.​

California Department of Housing and Community Development HCD is responsible for reviewing local housing element updates and providing comments in accordance with State housing law.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD’s​ mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

CA LOTS The Wizard section on CA LOTS is designed to guide users, to easily look up information and to get started with maps and spatial analysis.​

U.S. Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity The FHEO administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.