Regional Housing Technical Assistance

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Regional Housing Technical Assistance

RHTA Program Delivers Innovative Technical Assistance

The Regional Housing Technical Assistance (RHTA) Program provides one-of-a-kind technical assistance to support local governments in complying with rapidly evolving laws and adopting and implementing compliant Housing Elements. 

The program, funded by a $24 million state Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), launched in 2020 and has delivered 20 trainings and more than 150 pieces of technical assistance, and has saved each jurisdiction more than $30,000 by providing shared consultant services, tools and resources. Additionally, sub-grants to each jurisdiction provided $10.88 million in support of local housing planning priorities.

The program’s components work together to provide holistic support for the region’s 101 cities and towns and nine counties; and their elected officials and planning staff as jurisdictions update their housing plans. Work products are being shared statewide through a recently established Technical Assistance Portal

Technical assistance is being delivered through: 

New Products

View our newest products and services available to jurisdictions in the Bay Area:

Upcoming Events

Mall and Office Reuse Challenges and Opportunities

Aug. 24 @ 10 am

Register here.

Terner Center and ABAG Present: Best Practices to Implement SB 9 and Missing Middle Housing in the Bay Area

Sept. 13 @ 10 am

Details to come.

How to Rectify HCD Comments for Certification

Sept. 27 @ 10 am

Register now.

Staff Contact

Heather Peters
Email: hpeters@bayareametro.gov

Get More Information

Sign-up for the RHTA mailing list to get additional program information.

Get Trained

ABAG has completed more than 20 training webinars to equip local planners with knowledge, tools and resources to update housing elements to meet the new state requirements. More webinars are planned. You can view recordings of past sessions and register for new ones on the RHTA Training page.

Get Tools and Resources

Visit the Data Tools & HESS page to find the HESS tool and other regional data tools to help you increase housing opportunities in your community.

Get Tailored Assistance

Recognizing that a top-down approach to the historically local issue of housing will be counterproductive, ABAG granted nearly $5 million in RHTA funding to Bay Area counties to support Planning Collaboratives, Peer Cohorts and Work Groups to spark a culture of innovation via peer-to-peer learning, sharing of best practices and lessons learned. More information can be found on the Planning Collaboratives and Work Groups web pages. 

 

Work Groups & Collaboratives

  • County Planning Collaboratives meet regularly.  To get more information, contact the coordinators.  
  • Leading With Equity Work Group launched in early 2022. 
  • Making Middle Housing Work Group completed its work in early 2022. View this webpage for details and presentation resources.
  • Wildfires – How to Preserve & Protect Housing Work Group completed its work in late 2021. All presentation resources and additional information are available on this webpage.

Technical Assistance

The Technical Assistance (TA) Portal has a variety of resources for local agency staff.
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