Regional Housing Needs Assessment


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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.

View Comment Letters Received

RHNA Final Allocation

6th Cycle Final RHNA Allocation Plan, Adopted 3/4/21

HCD Approval of 6th Cycle Final RHNA Allocation Plan, 3/22/21

RHNA Final Allocation Calculator

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.

RHNA Appeals Hearing Notice and Schedule (Fourth Amended 1/22/21)
RHNA Appeals Board Orientation Presentation (12/07/20)
RHNA Draft Allocations (9/3/20)
RHNA Appeals Procedures (Updated 9/3/2020)
RHNA Appeals Procedures FAQ
SCAG 6th Cycle RHNA Appeals Timeline (Updated 2/9/2021)

View RHNA Appeals Filed

The 6th Cycle Appeals Board Hearing took 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]

RHNA Appeals Board, February 16, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. [MORE INFO and AGENDA]

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

Resources & Links

Sustainable Communities Program

The 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: California Department of Housing and Community Development.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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

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.​

Fair Housing Policy & Data

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


Housing Elements 2020

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.


RHNA Comments

SCAG encourages elected officials, stakeholders, and the general public to participate in the RHNA process and provide comments on RHNA. All written comments regarding the 6th RHNA cycle received are reviewed by SCAG staff and as part of the public record, are posted on this webpage. SCAG staff will continue to post comments as they are received. Written comments on RHNA can be submitted to