Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

Overview

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.

In SACOG second housing role, SACOG must develop a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and a Regional Housing Needs Plan (RHNP). The RHNA and RHNP are based on a housing projection determined by State of Calfornia’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD). These state-mandated documents allocate a “projected share” of the regional determination to each of the cities and counties in SACOG’s six-county region. The RHNA establishes the total number of housing units that each city and county must plan for within the eight-year planning period. Based on the adopted RHNA, each city and county must update its Housing Element to demonstrate how the jurisdiction will meet the expected growth as a whole, as well as for each of the four income categories that comprise the total. 

SACOG’s current RHNP was adopted in September 2012 and covers the 2013-21 period, the fifth version or cycle of the state-mandated program.  Beginning in late 2018 and throughout 2019 and 2020, SACOG will be developing the RHNA and RHNP for the 2021-29 period (Cycle 6).  As the Cycle 6 process starts, this webpage will be updated accordingly.

For information about the current (Cycle 5) 2013-21 Regional Housing Needs Allocation and Plan