Support for Local Engagement

Support for Local Engagement

ABAG staff is working on supporting materials, research-based messaging guidance, online tools, and best practices in engagement outside of traditional public meetings. Some completed materials include the following tools and templates. Other tools are under development and will be available over the next several weeks. More information on translation and interpretation assistance can be found on this webpage

Template Housing Survey Available Now 

EMC Research has worked with RHTA to develop a survey to help local governments better understand their residents’ feelings about housing and related issues. The survey has been translated into Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

This survey is available to all Bay Area jurisdictions as part of the Housing Element public outreach process. To receive a unique survey link for your community, send an email to with the name of your jurisdiction. EMC staff will share the survey link in this Box folder. Watch the training video for more information.

Reimbursement for Online Engagement Tools

Funds are available to reimburse jurisdictions that purchase online tools to help with public engagement. Each jurisdiction is eligible for a $200 reimbursement per year. These tools could include:

  • Live polling (Poll Everywhere, Mentimeter)
  • Forms/questionnaires (Typeform, SurveyMonkey)
  • White boards (Mural, Miro, Doodly)

Other tools that help communities conduct remote engagement can also be reimbursed. For more information about these types of tools and how to use them, view the webinar Engage How To! Introduction to Remote Meeting Tools on the trainings page and then contact Clair McDevitt,, for next steps. 

Social Media Toolkit

A  social media toolkit (in English, Spanish and simplified Chinese) to help jurisdictions communicate with their residents online about Housing Element updates.


Webinar Recordings

For more information about civic engagement contact:

Leah Zippert, Public Information Officer
Phone: (415) 820-7995