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Below are links to ABAG's extensive housing-related publications which include information about the latest housing trends in the Bay Area as well as comprehensive reports on the state of the region's housing, resources for local governments, and equity in development. Publications are grouped into several categories here for ease of navigation:

  • Agency-wide reports
  • Equity
  • Housing Reports
  • Resources for Local Governments
  • Resilience and Housing
  • Agency-wide reports:

    These publications discuss present Bay Area housing trends as well as other factors of concern to the region including the economy, environment, and resilience:

    People, Places, and Prosperity, 2015

    This report highlights the activities ABAG has undertaken in partnership with local governments, regional agencies, business groups, community organizations, and other stakeholders to advance implementation of the land use pattern in Plan Bay Area 2013. These implementation efforts have focused on supporting economic vitality, promoting "complete communities" in PDAs, fostering a more resilient region, and encouraging preservation of PCAs.

    State of the Region, 2015

    This report examines the region's new patterns of growth as the economy once again expands, the composition of the population continues to change, and the housing market responds to evolving needs and demands of households.

    Forecast of Jobs, Population, and Housing, 2013

    As a regional land use planning agency, ABAG is responsible for describing existing conditions, forecasting changes to the population and economy, and assisting local governments to identify policies that address a changing environment. This document explains the process used to develop the Plan Bay Area (the "Plan") growth forecasts and the Plan's projected distribution of this growth across the region. It describes the most recent planning assumptions used to develop the forecasts and the land use distribution, including local general plans and other factors.

    Regional Policy Background Paper: Housing the Workforce in the Bay Area, 2013

    This paper reviews the spatial pattern of housing production in recent decades; describes projected regional growth, including housing needs by income category, and the likely amount of housing supplied given recent production trends; describes where new housing could be located to improve access to jobs, and challenges to producing housing in these locations; and suggests a few potential strategies that could support the availability of housing for residents in the future.


    These publications focus on the issue of equitable development in the Bay Area including analyzing both past and present trends.

    White Paper: Addressing Displacement in the Bay Area, 2015

    This white paper describes recent displacement trends in the Bay Area and describes the activities of the regional agencies in responding to this pressing issue.

    The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment, 2015

    The nine-county Bay Area is expected to grow to 9.3 million people by the year 2040. Plan Bay Area, the region's Sustainable Communities Strategy, envisions a sustainable future that supports a healthy environment and strong economy and improves social equity. This regional report, Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), advances this goal with analysis and strategies for regional consideration. The aim is to ensure equitable access to housing and opportunity for all residents of the region, including racial and ethnic minority populations, people with disabilities, and other classes of people protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. You can download the main report and technical appendices here:

    Fair Housing and Equity Assessment Report
    Opportunity Maps from the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
    Technical Appendices (not included in the body of the report)

    Development Without Displacement, Development with Diversity, 2009

    This report offers a brief assessment of regional displacement pressures and offers practical tools that could be enacted in the Bay Area to decrease displacement risk from development.

    Equitable Development in Transit Oriented Development Toolkit, 2009

    ABAG partnered with PolicyLink to release an Equitable Development in Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit reflecting the unique conditions of transit-oriented neighborhoods. Since combined housing and transportation costs can make up the majority of a household's expenses, creating and maintaining affordable housing near public transit helps make the Bay Area an affordable place to live. For cities that are already building TOD, the full Equitable Development Toolkit presents a broader selection of policies, from affordable housing to commercial revitalization, that both advocates and local governments can use to connect low-income residents and workers to the benefits of new growth.

    Housing Reports:

    These reports discuss the Bay Area's housing trends and the challenge of fully meeting the region's housing need.

    Bay Area Housing Permit Activity Report, 2015–2017

    Reports of Regional Housing Need Allocation Progress:

    2007–2014 Bay Area RHNA Performance Report
    1999–2006 Bay Area RHNA Performance Report
    1988–1998 Bay Area RHNA Performance Report

    With each Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) cycle, ABAG prepares a report that details the process and outcomes of the RHNA process. These reports contain information on housing permitting figures at each income level for each jurisdiction in the Bay Area. The Bay Area's past RHNA progress reports are listed below:

    2009 Housing Survey

    A Place to Call Home: Housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2007

    A Place to Call Home: Housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2006

    Resources for Local Governments:

    The resources help local governments meet their housing need by providing a better understanding of affordable housing and ideas for better creating better housing elements.

    Housing Policy Toolkit, Regional Housing Forum, February 2016

    The following is a toolkit of nearly 100 policies that were compiled by ABAG to help jurisdictions maintain housing affordability and neighborhood stability in the Bay Area. This toolkit was shared with stakeholders and members of the public at the "Calling the Bay Area Home: Tackling the Affordable Housing and Displacement Challenge" a special forum on housing issues held in February of 2016.

    Affordable Housing 101

    This document provides an easy to understand overview of affordable housing in the Bay Area.

    Housing Element Toolkits

    These toolkits are designed to help jurisdictions prepare high-quality housing elements to help the region meet its housing need.

    Resilience and Housing:

    The Resilience Program assists Bay Area local governments and residents in planning for earthquakes, the effects of climate change, and other hazards. Their housing-related publications are summarized below:

    Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risk

    For the region as a whole to become more resistant to disasters, jurisdictions need comprehensive, actionable strategies to reduce vulnerabilities and build more resilient communities. The Bay Area Housing and Community Multiple Hazards Risk Assessment is a multi-agency project led by ABAG and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) designed to better characterize both the structural and community components of vulnerability, as well as develop strategies to address these specific vulnerability characteristics.

    Oakland Soft Story Buildings

    ABAG is working with the City of Oakland's Safer Homes Through Seismic Retrofits Program to identify and strengthen soft-story multi-unit buildings vulnerable to collapse in earthquakes. Past earthquakes have demonstrated that these buildings pose a safety risk to tenants and occupants, a financial risk to owners, and risk the recovery of the City and region.