A Housing Element is part of a General Plan adopted by a city, town or county that includes the goals, policies and programs that direct decision-making around housing.
The Housing Element is — at its core — an opportunity to have a community conversation about how to address local housing challenges and find solutions.
This two-page overview addresses common questions about Housing Elements and helps explain:
- Examples and definition of a Housing Element
- Certification and legal components of a Housing Element
- When jurisdiction do not adopt a Housing Element
- Who determines Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)