Regional Housing Need Allocation — Opportunity to Form a Subregion
The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) is the state-mandated process to identify the number of housing units, by affordability level, that each jurisdiction must accommodate in the Housing Element of its General Plan (Government Code §65584). As part of this process, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies the total housing need for the Bay Area for an eight-year period (in this cycle, from 2022 to 2030). Housing Element law allows two or more jurisdictions to form a “subregion” to conduct a parallel RHNA process to allocate the subregion’s housing need among its members. Jurisdictions that form a subregion will accept responsibility for meeting all statutory requirements for RHNA.