How are Regional Housing Needs Determined? A look at RHNA figures in Sacramento.

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments has received its regional housing needs determination from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. This is Cycle 6 of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment which covers the years 2021-2029.

How does the HCD determine the numbers? Here’s one helpful breakdown.


The Regional Housing Needs Assessment is mandated by state law to help determine how many housing units cities and counties must plan for. SACOG must develop a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and a Regional Housing Needs Plan (RHNP) for the six-county region which includes the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, as well as their 22 cities.

There will be four public hearings this month. After the release of the draft RHNA allocation, jurisdictions have 45 days to appeal. Final RHNA allocation adoption takes place in October of 2020.



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