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Housing

Housing Elements

A housing element in a jurisdiction’s general plan is a blueprint for how the jurisdiction will grow and meet the housing needs of the community. Per state law, jurisdictions must update its housing element every eight years as a part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process.

SANDAG is responsible for overseeing the RHNA process for the San Diego region. SANDAG develops a methodology and allocates the regional housing need among the 19 jurisdictions in the region. Following allocation, jurisdictions update their housing elements to accommodate their housing unit allocation as a share of the regional need.

In collaboration with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), SANDAG will serve as a regional forum for technical assistance and information exchange as jurisdictions update their housing elements. This website will include links to data and information jurisdictions can use to update their housing elements and will include important meeting dates for workshops and assistance from HCD.

HCD has assigned Sohab Mehmood as the single point of contact for San Diego jurisdictions. She can be reached at:

Sohab Mehmood
HCD Housing Policy Division
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263.1968
sohab.mehmood@hcd.ca.gov

Data and Information

View HCD's Planning Grants and Local Housing Strategies Map

HCD Presentations

January 9, 2020 – Presentation to the Regional Planning Technical Working Group
February 19, 2020 – Funding and Prohousing Designation
March 11, 2020New Housing Laws: Deeper Dive
April 15, 2020Sites Inventory
May 20, 2020Accessory Dwelling Units
June 17, 2020 – General Plan Updates: Safety and Environmental Justice
July 15, 2020 Public Engagement for Housing Elements

Upcoming Meetings and Technical Assistance

HCD is offering technical assistance to local jurisdictions preparing their 6th Cycle Housing Elements. For the next several months, HCD will be available to meet one-on-one with local government staff and their consultants to address issues related to housing elements. In December 2020 and February 2021, HCD will host a “group discussion” session with all jurisdictions to share issues facing multiple jurisdictions, ideas, and solutions.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting with HCD during office hours, please contact Sohab Mehmood.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
9 to 10 a.m. – Housing Element Group Discussion
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – HCD Office Hours

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – HCD Office Hours

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
9 to 10 a.m. – Housing Element Group Discussion
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – HCD Office Hours

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – HCD Office Hours

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – HCD Office Hours

Project Manager

Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1943, Email: seth.litchney@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.