Regional Housing Needs Assessment

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The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) is the California state-mandated process to identify the total number of housing units (by affordability level) that each jurisdiction must accommodate in its Housing Element. As part of this process, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies the total housing need for the San Francisco Bay Area for an eight-year period (in this cycle, from 2014 to 2022). ABAG and MTC must then develop a methodology to distribute this need to local governments in a manner that is consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Once a local government has received its final RHNA, it must revise its Housing Element to show how it plans to accommodate its portion of the region's housing need.



“The Regional Housing Needs Allocation has no correlation to what our actual housing needs are.” Scott Wiener, at opening meeting of the Committee to House the Bay Area @MTCBATA Sept 27th 2017.


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@YIMBYwiki: 2:51 PM - 9 Dec 2017
"perhaps, ratio of actual rents/prices to 20th %ile and median area incomes, and also consider set goals for transport costs, VMT, and homeownship rates?"