RHNA Frequently Asked Questions

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Published May, 2021

The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) process is the part of Housing Element law used to determine how many new homes, and the affordability of those homes, each local government must plan for in its Housing Element. This process is repeated every eight years, and for this cycle the Bay Area is planning for the period from 2023 to 2031.

Frequently Asked Questions addressed in this document include:

  • Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) overview
  • Regional Housing Needs Determination (RHND) from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • ABAG Housing Methodology Committee
  • RHNA methodology
  • Connections between RHNA and Plan Bay Area 2050
  • RHNA subregions
  • RHNA appeals process
  • RHNA and local jurisdictions