Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

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Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Housing Issues

SACOG serves two roles in housing for the six-county Sacramento region.  First, as the region’s transportation planning agency, SACOG promotes and provides assistance to local governments to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.  Housing plays a key role in the MTP/SCS, and SACOG is looking for ways to support its member agencies with technical support to housing production to meet the region’s needs.

SACOG also has a key role in the State’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process. Every eight years, the State of Calfornia’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) provides SACOG with a regional determination, which represents the number of units the region must plan for. SACOG is responsible for developing a methodology for allocating that number by income category to each city and county in the region. Once jurisdictions have their RHNA, they must adopt a Housing Element that demonstrates how they can accommodate their RHNA in their zoning. See the link below for more details on SACOG’s Final RHNA Determination for the 2021-2029 cycle.

Cycle 6 (2021-2029) Final RHNA Determination

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Survey (AFFH)

As a part of the RHNA process, SACOG is required by State law to conduct a survey of fair housing issues, strategies, and actions. The results of this survey are summarized below. Many of the insights of this survey are incorporated into the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu and will be memorialized in the RHNA Plan.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Summary

SACOG Board to Adopt RHNA Methodology Nov. 21

The SACOG staff is requesting that the SACOG Board of Directors select one of the four options in the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu for approval. The action is expected at the Thursday, November 21 SACOG Board meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the SACOG office (1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento). Prior to this proposed action, the SACOG Board released the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu for public comment for the 2021-2029 RHNA Cycle at its September 19, 2019 meeting.  In addition, the Board held a public hearing for public comment on the four draft methodologies at its October 31, 2019 meeting. The Menu provides four options for how to assign the RHNA numbers across the region, including the staff-recommended Option C. Each option furthers the statutory objectives of RHNA and reflects over a year of input from stakeholders, the public, and local housing planning staff. Please click the link below to see the full methodology menu.

Cycle 6 Draft RHNA Methodology Menu

RHNA Methodology FAQ-2

RHNA Basics FAQ-1

If you would like to provide written comments on the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu, please email them directly to by 11/8/19. All comments will be included in the staff report for the Board’s 11/21/19 meeting and may include a written comment by the SACOG staff in the staff report. Any comments after 11/8/19 will be provided to the Board and will be included in the public record, but may not have written responses. 

If you would like to provide input in person, SACOG will be holding a public hearing before it takes action to select and approve one methodology at its November 21, 2019 Board meeting, which starts at 9:30 AM.

For non-RHNA housing issues please see Housing Research and Resources

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Sacramento Housing Alliance Affordable Housing Bus Tour

On August 23, 2019, the Sacramento Housing Alliance hosted, in coordination with SACOG, an affordable housing bus tour for SACOG board members and other leaders in the six-county Sacramento region. The bus tour highlighted constructed affordable housing projects in the McClellan, Rocklin, and Roseville areas. Here is the link to the materials provided to the tour participants:

Properties at a glance for tour folder

Tour Bus Bios

Mutual Housing at the Highlands Fact Sheet

Lohse Apts Fact Sheet Aug 2019