Housing Element Update Training Sessions Available

Register Now - First Session February 23rd

The ABAG Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program is launching a 10-part training series for local planning and housing staff focused on Housing Element updates. Sessions will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9-11 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, February 23 and running through August.

The training series identifies key Housing Element topics that local staff must start early in the process. Each training will be a live and interactive webinar, with geographically based break out groups and opportunities for questions and answers. Each session will be recorded and made available for subsequent streaming as part of a Resource Library on the Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program website.

Click here to register for the first three webinars in the series:

  • February 23, 2021: Housing Element 101 - Overview and New Laws + Tips
  • March 9, 2021: Creating Capacity: An Overview of the Sites Inventory
  • March 23, 2021: Using Data Effectively in Housing Element Updates – ABAG’s Housing Needs Data Packets and Accessing the US Census

In addition, you can register here for a special webinar with the California Department of Housing and Community Development: “Now that’s Progress” - Annual Progress Report – review of changes with Q&A | March 2, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Future sessions include:

  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Nuts and Bolts with HCD
  • How to Talk About Housing: Data-Driven Lessons on Housing Messages that Work and Those that Backfire
  • New Elements: Safety and Environmental Justice – nuts and bolts technical breakdown
  • Engage How To! Introduction to Online Meeting Tools
  • How to do Integrated Planning: EJ and Safety Elements *Co-hosted with California Office of Planning and Research
  • How to Work with Advocates
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Getting Conversational
  • HCD emerging topics - pro housing opportunities, and new legislation
  • Tips for Certifiable Success – Advice from the Pros * Co-hosted with HCD

ABAG is also partnering with HCD on additional sessions including:

  • Open office hours
  • Two trainings over the summer for Planning Commissioners & Elected officials
  • A special session on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

All workshops in the series are eligible for American Planning Association Continuing Education Credits.