Regional Housing Needs Assessment

About the Law

Preparation of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by California Government Code section 65584. The law requires that the California Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with SJCOG, establish a county-wide housing construction target.

SJCOG is mandated to develop the methodology and adopt the allocation outcomes of the housing targets to the incorporated cities and the unincorporated areas within the county by family income categories over the ten-year period of 2014 to 2023. SJCOG’s responsibility includes identifying, in general, the areas within the region that can sufficiently house the regional housing need. Furthermore, the RHNA must allocate housing units within the region consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).

RHNA Methodology and Plan

After a 60-day review period and subsequent public hearings, the SJCOG Board of Directors adopted the final RHNA Methodology on March 27, 2014. Jurisdictions had 60 days to review the housing unit allocations and request any revisions. No revision requests were received and SJCOG released the final Regional Housing Needs Plan on August 4, 2014. It was adopted by the SJCOG Board of Directors on August 28, 2014. The Plan has been submitted to California Housing and Community Development department for review and concurrence.