ABAG Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program Training Series

ABAG Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program Training Series

The ABAG Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program has a training series for local planning and housing staff focused on Housing Element updates. Sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, February 23 and running through August, 2021.

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 breakout groups and opportunities for questions and answers. Each session will be recorded and made available on this page.

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

NOTEThe Housing Element training series are specifically designed for local city/county, their contracted consultants and other Bay Area regional governmental staff working on Housing Elements.  Consultants contracted with cities and counties for Housing Element updates are welcome and can fully participate, but other attendees will be registered on a space available basis.  If you are not affiliated with a jurisdiction, each session will be recorded and made available on this page. 


Completed webinar recordings and supporting materials are available in the tabs at the bottom of the page.

Future ABAG training sessions include:

  • Trainings for Planning Commissioners and Elected officials
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
  • Open office hours

HCD and the Institute for Local Government has developed a webinar series for city and county electeds.  View upcoming sessions and review previous sessions.

AFFH, Engagement, Housing Sites Inventory Deep Dive and Environmental Justice and Safety Webinars

Communications, Planning Collaboratives and Using Data Effectively Webinars

April 27, 2021: How to Talk About Housing – Data-Driven Lessons on Housing Communications that Work and Those that Backfire

April 13, 2021: Planning Collaboratives Kick-Off

March 23, 2021: Using Data Effectively in Housing Element Updates – ABAG’s Housing Needs Data Packets and Accessing the U.S. Census

Sites Inventory Overview and Housing Element 101 Webinars HCD Now that's Progress - Annual Progress Report

March 9, 2021: Creating Capacity: An Overview of the Sites Inventory

February 23, 2021: Housing Element 101 - Overview and New Laws + Tips

Review the information presented at March 2:  California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD): "'Now that’s Progress' Annual Progress Report – review of changes with Q&A" webinar