Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) & Housing

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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. For information on the 5th cycle which was adopted in October 2012, please click here.

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.

A RHNA 101 webinar was held on July 29, 2019 to provide an overview of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment process. For those of who were unable to participate in the webinar, we have a recording posted at this link. We have also provided a file with a PDF of the powerpoint slides presented and questions asked during the webinar.

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Staff Recommended FINAL RHNA Allocation Methodology


Recent Meetings

Workshop on RHNA Appeal Procedures and a Brief Report on the Staff-Recommended Final RHNA Methodology (Note: the Staff-Recommended Final RHNA Methodology is the same as the RC-Approved Draft RHNA Methodology which was found by HCD to be in compliance with state statutes)
Monday, February 3, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
SCAG Main Office
**Video recording
**Workshop agenda
**Workshop presentation
**Draft RHNA Appeals Procedures


Upcoming Meetings

Objective: SCAG staff will present the recommended final RHNA allocation methodology which is the same as the Regional Council approved draft RHNA methodology. Staff will also explain the recommended appeal procedures and process moving forward.

RHNA Subcommittee Meeting (ACTION) on the Staff-Recommended Final RHNA Methodology & Appeal Procedures
Monday, February 24, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
*Videoconferencing and View-only Webcast Available
*Meeting Agenda (View-only webcasting is available on a limited first come, first serve basis. Details about videoconferencing, teleconferencing and registration for webcasting is listed on the second page of the agenda. Due to limited capacity at the Orange County, if you plan to attend please RSVP by emailing housing@scag.ca.gov.)

CEHD Policy Committee Meeting (ACTION) on the Staff-Recommended Final RHNA Methodology & Appeal Procedures
Thursday, March, 5, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
*Live Stream Available

Regional Council Regular Meeting (ACTION) to Adopt the Final RHNA Methodology & Appeal Procedures
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
*Live Stream Available

Regional Council Meeting (RECEIVE & FILE) to receive the Draft RHNA Allocation by Jurisdictions based on the RC Adopted Final RHNA Methodology
Thursday, April 2, 2020
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
*Live Stream Available



DRAFT RHNA Allocation Methodology (Approved by Regional Council 11/7/19)


HCD Communication


RHNA Statistics & Analysis

The RHNA Statistics and Analysis are on SCAG's GIS & Data Services microsite. Please click button below to view and select data to download.

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Housing Elements 2012
To comply with California state housing law, jurisdictions within California must update their housing element every eight (8) years.
Resources & Links
Here you will find helpful links and search for documents by browsing or filtering by Keyword(s) or Completed Date. You can sort by column headers and quick-filter by a specific column using the textboxes below the column headers.
RHNA Subcommittee Agendas
The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods.