Information on Farmworker Data

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State housing element law requires localities to analyze the housing needs of special populations, including farmworkers. The memo below, prepared by SACOG staff, provides information and tables from farmworker data sources to help jurisdictions assess data available for their use.

Assessment of Regional Farmworker Data (Updated January 22, 2012)

SACOG has gathered or prepared the following resources for use by cities and counties to assist with their housing element updates:

  • HCD Data Approval Letter: As noted above, the housing element data collected by SACOG has been reviewed and approved by the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD). The first attachment is HCD’s letter (dated January 30, 2013) stating that any data from this source cited in your jurisdiction’s housing element has already been approved and will not need further review. Please be sure to include a copy of this letter in your housing element draft.
  • HCD Guidelines: These are the final version of the Housing Element guidelines released by HCD in December.
  • Local Government Density Analysis Template: One local government has prepared a template for how to structure a lower income housing density analysis. This provides some guidance from a local government’s standpoint on what should be included in the analysis. This document has been reviewed by HCD staff and determined to be a useful template.
  • Built Densities Inventory: An inventory collected by SACOG of built affordable housing projects with actual densities in the region has been updated on January 18, 2013. This information was provided by participating local governments.
  • Successful Density Analysis Examples: HCD has compiled examples of lower income density analyses that were determined to be acceptable from seven jurisdictions throughout California. These jurisdictions were allowed to use lower densities than the statutory default densities. The first five examples (Lake County, Apple Valley, Fairfield, Lake Elsinore, and Murietta) provide overall density analysis, while the remaining two (Solano County and Yolo County) address specific issues (e.g, farmworker housing, second units).