Created by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation
On August 20th, 2020, the Terner Center for Housing Innovation hosted a webinar exploring how California can meet its obligation to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH), with a focus on its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process.
The webinar included the participation, expertise and feedback from:
- Gustavo Velasquez, Director of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
- Ben Metcaf, managing director of the Terner Center
- Gillian Adams Principal Planner at Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
- Arthur Gailes, Fair Housing Coordinator at the Othering and Belonging Institute
- Anelise Osterberg, Researcher at UC Berkeley
The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) process is established in state law. It determines how many new homes must be planned for, and the level of affordability they should serve. Each local jurisdiction must then update its housing element to ensure there are appropriate policies in place, including zoning, to meet the level of projected need.