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Regional Housing Needs Assessment Sixth Housing Element Cycle 2021-2028

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process has three main components:

RHNA Determination – Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) regionwide housing need determination.

RHNA Plan – SANDAG’s plan to distribute the RHNA Determination to the local jurisdictions by four income categories, which includes the RHNA methodology.

RHNA – Each jurisdiction’s housing need allocation in four income categories for use in updating local housing elements. State law requires that housing elements in the San Diego region be completed 18 months after the adoption of San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan.

The RHNA process for the sixth housing element cycle is being prepared in conjunction with the development of the Regional Plan and will be conducted with input and recommendations from the SANDAG Regional Planning Technical Working Group (TWG), Regional Planning Committee (RPC), Board of Directors, and the public. 

Resources from the sixth housing element cycle RHNA process include the following meeting agendas:

Final Regional Housing Needs Assessment Determination
SANDAG RHNA Consultation Letter to HCD
Board of Directors - June 8, 2018
Board of Directors - May 11, 2018
Board of Directors - March 9, 2018
TWG - March 26, 2018
RPC - April 6, 2018
TWG - April 12, 2018

RHNA Fifth Housing Element Cycle 2010-2020

Senate Bill 375 amended the timing of the RHNA process, required coordination and consistency with the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The fifth housing element cycle for the San Diego region covers an eight-year period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2020.

On February 26, 2010, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the final 2050 Regional Growth Forecast for planning purposes for use in preparing the 2050 RTP, SCS, and the RHNA for the fifth housing element cycle.

SANDAG consulted with the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to determine the overall housing need for the region based on the 2050 Regional Growth Forecast and the Department of Finance statewide forecast.

On November 23, 2010, SANDAG received the RHNA Determination from HCD of 161,980 housing units needed during the fifth housing element cycle.

The methodologies for allocating the housing units in the RHNA Determination were developed by the TWG and Regional Housing Working Group (RHWG) meeting jointly. The TWG is composed of planning and community development directors from jurisdictions in the region, and the RHWG included representatives of local jurisdictions, profit and nonprofit developers, housing advocates, tenants, apartment owners, the environmental community, and labor organizations, among others.

The TWG and RHWG provided several RHNA methodology and allocation options for consideration by the SANDAG Regional Planning Committee and Board of Directors.

The RPC reviewed the options and on May 27, 2011, the Board accepted a Draft RHNA Methodology and Allocation for distribution and a 60-day public review period.

On August 11, 2011, the TWG and RHWG met jointly and reviewed a Draft RHNA Plan, which included the Draft RHNA Methodology and Allocation and information regarding the consistency of RHNA with the SCS, RTP, and the 2050 Regional Growth Forecast.

The SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the final RHNA Plan by resolution for the fifth housing element cycle (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2020) in a public hearing on October 28, 2011.

Resources from the fifth housing element cycle RHNA process include comment letters received during the public comment period, as well as the following Regional Housing Work Group, Regional Planning Committee, Regional Planning Technical Working Group, and SANDAG Board of Directors meeting agenda items.

RHWG - March 25, 2010
RPC - April 2, 2010 
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - June 10, 2010 and Handout
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - July 8, 2010
Board of Directors - July 9, 2010
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - September 9, 2010
RPC - September 10, 2010
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - December 9, 2010
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - January 13, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - February 10, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - February 24, 2011
RPC - March 4, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - March 10, 2011
RPC - April 1, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - April 14, 2011
RPC - May 6, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting - May 12, 2011
Board of Directors - May 13, 2011
Board of Directors - May 27, 2011
RHWG/TWG Joint Meeting – August 11, 2011 (Draft RHNA Plan)
Board of Directors - September 23, 2011 (Draft RHNA Plan - Item #10)
Board of Directors - October 28, 2011 (Final RHNA Plan and Responses to Comments - Item #9b)

RHNA Fourth Housing Element Cycle 2005-2010

On February 25, 2005, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the final RHNA for the 2005-2010 fourth housing element cycle. The 2005-2010 RHNA contained the total number of housing units (107,301) that the 18 cities and county were required to plan for in their housing elements. The RHNA also allocated each jurisdiction’s housing need into four income brackets: very low, low, moderate, and above moderate.

Resources from the fourth housing element cycle RHNA process include:

Board of Directors - January 14, 2005
Board of Directors - February 25, 2005

Project Manager

Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1943, Email:

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