Regional Housing Needs Allocation: Housing Element Law Changes from 1969 to the Present (2020)

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This Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) summary was produced by ABAG to provide a brief user-friendly overview of the RHNA laws and processes, including:

  • The history of California’s General Plan Housing Element 
  • Bay Area housing context
  • RHNA income categories
  • Housing law changes
  • Timeline of important events in RHNA history

It provides helpful context for understanding the RHNA for use by local jurisdictions in providing background information for their communities.