Since 1969, the State of California has required each local government to plan for its share of the state’s housing needs for people of all income levels. Through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, every local jurisdiction is assigned a number of housing units representing its share of the state’s housing needs for an eight-year period.
State Housing Element Law requires the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to develop a methodology for distributing the Bay Area’s portion of the state housing needs to local jurisdictions within the nine-county region.
This ABAG report contains the data and assumptions involved in developing the final methodology, and it also explains how the final methodology takes into account key statutory factors to meet five key objectives as outlined in Housing Element Law. It includes a table summarizing the resulting draft RHNA numbers, by income level, for each jurisdiction (starting on page 22) as well as a breakdown of how the methodology factors affected each jurisdiction’s calculation of need (Appendixes 4, 5 and 6).