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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Subregional Partnerships & Funding

SCAG has been granted $47 million in Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) funding from Assembly Bill (AB) 101 to administer RHNA and provide housing planning and process improvement services to cities and counties. SCAG is setting aside approximately $23 million, or 50 percent, of its REAP funding, for the Subregional Partnership Program, which will fund a call for projects from subregional partners that augment local SB 2 and LEAP activities. Funding allocation for this program will be based on the final RHNA allocation. The first date to file applications is September 17, 2020 and an intent to apply must be submitted by September 30, 2020. All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2020. Eligible projects for funding include, for example, housing element preparation, temporary staffing assistance for housing-related work, and accessory dwelling unit ordinances. All projects from this program must be completed by June 30, 2023.

Housing Element Workshop: New Laws & Tools

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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 20, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.



Part 2 - Thursday, August 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.




6th Cycle RHNA Draft Allocation and Appeals

With Regional Council’s adoption of Connect SoCal in its entirety on September 3, 2020, SCAG distributed the draft RHNA Allocation to local jurisdictions on September 4, 2020. The appeals process began on September 11, 2020 and ended at 5 p.m. on October 26, 2020 in accordance with the adopted RHNA Appeals Procedures that was updated to reflect the delay of the Connect SoCal Plan full adoption. Per state statute and Appeals Procedures, local jurisdictions and HCD may provide comments on the appeals submitted to SCAG and posted below, and comments should be sent to by 5 p.m., December 10, 2020.


FINAL RHNA Allocation Methodology (Adopted by Regional Council 3/5/20)

View archived videos of past Regional Council, CEHD and RHNA Subcommittee meetings on their respective committee web pages.

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 2020
To comply with California state housing law, jurisdictions within California must update their housing element every eight (8) years.
Resources & Links
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RHNA Subcommittee Agendas
The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods.