Housing Element Data


SACOG Housing Element Data and Resources

As a service to our city and county member agencies, SACOG staff developed regional data sets to support jurisdictions’ work on their required housing element updates. The data were compiled as a part of the work SACOG is doing to explore housing programs and requirements across our region. The data collection was modeled after a similar program developed by the San Diego Association of Governments with the member local governments in support of their housing elements.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has reviewed the housing element data and approved its use in housing element updates by jurisdictions in the SACOG region. The HCD approval means that data drawn from these data sets would not need to be reviewed again by HCD when the housing element is submitted. This letter (dated January 30, 2013) from HCD approving this data must be included in the housing element.

Download approval letter

The spreadsheet below is a master reference list of data items SACOG has collected to date, along with source information and additional notes.

Master Reference List (Updated November 1, 2012)

Categories include:

  • Population Trends
  • Employment
  • Household Growth
  • Income Level
  • Overpayment/Overcrowding
  • Housing Conditions
  • Housing Stock
  • Disabled
  • Disabled- employed
  • Elderly
  • Large Households
  • Female Headed Households
  • Homeless
  • Projected Housing Need

Main Data Tables Workbook

The Microsoft Excel Workbook linked below contains 14 worksheet tabs with 34 different data groups in the form of tables. Data is provided at the jurisdiction and County level. The first tab ‘read me’ contains the master reference list of data items; subsequent labeled tabs contain the data summaries from the Census and other sources for many of the items required to be examined in the housing element update.


Information on Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 507, Statutes of 2010 (SB 812), which took effect January 2011, amended State housing element law to require the analysis of the disabled to include an evaluation of the special housing needs of persons with developmental disabilities. This analysis asks jurisdictions to include an estimate of the number of persons with developmental disabilities, an assessment of the housing need, and a discussion of potential resources.


Information on Subsidized Units

As a part of the work for our HUD grant, SACOG staff also compiled information from a number of sources to build an inventory of public housing units and affordable rentals built with some form of public subsidy in each jurisdiction. The spreadsheet below contains the total number of units in each building, the number that are subsidized, and the source of the information by address. The inventory was compiled from federal, state, and jurisdiction information.


Foreclosure Information

AB 1103 (Chapter 210 in 2011), added a provision that allows jurisdictions to count foreclosed homes and second units converted into deed-restricted affordable homes toward up to 25 percent of their regional housing needs assessment requirement if they meet specified requirements. SACOG can provide summary reports of historic foreclosures in each jurisdiction and/or summary information on the number of properties under notice of default in specific planning areas.


Information on Farmworker Data

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)