Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)


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 Adopts RHNA Methodology 

On November 21, 2019, the SACOG Board of Directors approved RHNA Methodology Option C for the RHNA Methodology Cycle 6 (2021-29). This action provides the number of total housing units that each jurisdiction in the SACOG region must zone for during the 8-year period.    The total allocation for each jurisdiction is broken down into four income categories.  The lower two income categories (“Low Income” and “Very Low Income”) are combined to comprise the number of higher density dwelling units that each jurisdiction zone for during this period. The allocations are not final until the RHNA appeals process is completed and the SACOG board adopts the 2021-29 Regional Housing Needs Plan (RHNP), scheduled for Spring, 2020.  Jurisdictions may appeal their allocations by submitting a letter to SACOG by January 5, 2020.

Associated Allocations to the Adopted RHNA Methodology

Cycle 6 Draft RHNA Methodology Menu

RHNA Methodology FAQ-2

RHNA Basics FAQ-1

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


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