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First review letter received in Santa Clara County!

  • The City of Mountain View was the first of our jurisdictions to submit a Draft Housing Element to HCD for review. On September 29, 2022, the City received its HCD review letter, which contained changes necessary to bring the City’s Housing Element into compliance. SV@Home and local housing advocates have been expressing concerns for months that cities throughout Santa Clara County are falling short of state requirements and will have to do a lot more work to get their plan certified before state sanctions kick in. Read our press release here.

Only 3 jurisdictions have not yet released Draft Housing Elements 

  • Cupertino, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara County (for unincorporated land) have not yet released Draft Housing Elements. Since Drafts must be available for public comment for 30 days prior to submission to HCD for a 90-day review period, these three jurisdictions will not receive feedback from HCD in time to make necessary changes and submit a final Housing Element prior to the January 31, 2023 deadline. This is especially concerning in light of the extensive necessary revisions HCD is finding during the review process for other jurisdictions.

The cities of Gilroy, Milpitas, Los Gatos, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Altos, and Santa Clara have released Draft Housing Elements for a 30-day period of public comment. Feedback received at each city during this period should be incorporated into a Revised Draft Housing Element, which is then submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. At this time, the local public comment period has closed for Milpitas, Los Gatos, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Altos, and Santa Clara, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit their comments on these Draft Housing Elements, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov  or to the assigned housing element reviewer in the table below, and copy city staff.

Once Draft Housing Elements have been reviewed by HCD, they will return to cities for revision based on HCD’s feedback, and to incorporate additional public input. Find more information, meeting dates and times, and resources for advocacy below.

In addition to comment letters sent to individual cities, SV@Home has shared letters with all cities throughout the county to clarify HCD’s expectations for the housing element under state law, to suggest anti-displacement policies to affirmatively further fair housing, and to help cities understand how thoughtful planning for new housing can help our schools struggling with declining enrollment.

New! HCD Assigned Reviewers!

Reviewers are assigned after the Draft Housing Element is revised based on initial public comment and submitted to the state. Feedback from HCD is due to cities 90 days after they received the Draft Housing Element. At that time, cities will need to make revisions based on HCD’s feedback and to incorporate additional public input.

Assigned HCD Draft Housing Element Reviewers
JurisdictionReviewerEmailDate ReceivedFeedback Anticipated
Mountain ViewReid MillerReid.Miller@hcd.ca.gov7/1/229/29/22
SunnyvaleShawn DaninoShawn.Danino@hcd.ca.gov7/8/2210/6/22
SaratogaHillary PrasadHillary.Prasad@hcd.ca.gov7/28/2210/26/22
CampbellShawn DaninoShawn.Danino@hcd.ca.gov8/5/2211/3/22
Los AltosAnthony ErrichettoAnthony.Errichetto@hcd.ca.gov8/12/2211/10/22
Morgan HillAlex ContrerasAlex.Contreras@hcd.ca.gov8/19/2211/17/22
Santa ClaraJose Armando JaureguiJose.Jauregui@hcd.ca.gov8/22/2211/18/22
San JoseChelsea LeeChelsea.Lee@hcd.ca.gov 9/16/2212/15/22

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Background

Every seven to eight years, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to assign each city and county in California their “fair share” of new housing units to build. These homes are intended to accommodate existing need and projected growth in the region. The RHNA process is critical because it requires all cities and counties to plan for the housing needs of their residents, at all income levels, in an effort to plan for future growth and ease the Bay Area’s acute housing crisis. The planning portion of the next RHNA cycle is already in progress, and will cover the 8-year period between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2031.

Unfortunately, many cities and counties regularly fall short of their RHNA targets, as the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues to grow. Each spring, jurisdictions are required to provide an Annual Progress Report to show how effective their efforts have been in achieving housing development targets by income level. You can view the progress of your local jurisdiction HERE and compare with the RHNA progress of other Santa Clara County jurisdictions.

Want your city to do better? Now is the time to get involved! Cities are making plans to implement the next RHNA through the Housing Element, laying the foundation and creating the conditions for thousands of new homes to be built. How feasible and successful these plans are depends on the involvement of housing advocates like you!

Housing Element Timeline

What is the deadline for cities in the Bay Area to adopt a compliant housing element? What are the consequences if they don’t? Find out here!

How can you get engaged in your city’s Housing Element process?

This is a critical time for advocates to weigh in on your city’s housing plan for the next eight years! Not sure how? Read on to learn more here in the Housing Element Advocacy Toolkit!

How is the state holding cities accountable for creating Housing Elements that effectively address their communities’ housing needs, and how can local housing advocates help? Watch Making Housing Elements Work through State Enforcement to find out!

Read summaries of HCD’s comments on housing elements already completed in other parts of the state!

Lower-income families are being pushed out of our communities by the high cost of housing, impacting school enrollment, because there is not enough housing affordable to families – especially those with younger children. Decisions the city makes around housing policy and land use, which enable or constrain the production of an adequate supply of housing, have a significant impact on our school communities. Did you know declining enrollment is causing budget deficits and school closures? Learn more about what’s happening in your local community. Then find out how housing can help!

What happens if cities create Housing Elements that aren’t compliant with state law? New this cycle, there are meaningful consequences for noncompliance, including loss of permitting authority, financial penalties, and even court receivership. Learn more.


Happening now in your city!

Many cities in Santa Clara County are beginning to release Public Draft Housing Elements, holding Housing Element study sessions for Councils and Planning Commissions and community engagement events. Click your city name below for a city-specific calendar of Housing Element study sessions, community engagement events, and helpful resources to support your advocacy, updated every Monday.

Check out events and engagement opportunities by city below.

Campbell- Draft Housing Element Available!

Review Campbell’s Draft Housing Element Here! At this time, Campbell’s public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at stephenr@campbellca.gov.

Find updates and materials at Campbell’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the city by clicking the green bar at the top of the page.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Campbell.

 

Cupertino

Find updates, materials, and recordings of past events at Cupertino’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the City by signing up for e-Notifications on the right side of the webpage.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Cupertino.

Gilroy – Draft Housing Element Available!

The Draft Housing Element is available for review and comment. See the Draft Housing Element here. Gilroy’s public comment period closes October 12, 2022. Email comments to Cindy.McCormick@ci.gilroy.ca.us

Find updates and materials at Gilroy’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the city by clicking the green bar at the top of the page.

  • City Council review of Revised Draft Housing Element – October 17th at 6 pm. Agenda will be posted here.
  • Planning Commission review of Revised Draft Housing Element – Thursday, October 20th at 6 pm.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Gilroy.

Los Altos- Draft Housing Element Available!

The Draft Housing Element is available for review and comment- find it here!

At this time, Los Altos’ public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at housingelement@losaltosca.gov.

Find basic information on the City’s Housing Element Webpage. Questions and comments can be directed to  housingelement@losaltosca.gov

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Los Altos.

Los Gatos – Draft Housing Element Available!

The Initial Public Review Draft of the Town’s 2023-2031 Housing Element is now available for public review. See the Draft Housing Element here.

At this time, Los Gatos’ public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov

If you are interested in upcoming Housing Element Update meetings, participation in the process or general information, please send an email to HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov. Materials and updates are available on the town’s Housing Element Webpage. You are also encouraged to sign up for the Town’s Notify Me subscription.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Los Gatos.

Los Gatos has just completed an update of their General Plan, the long-range planning document the Housing Element is part of. At the June 30 Special Town Council meeting, the Council approved the Draft 2040 General Plan with modifications. The approved Plan retains the Town’s Low Density neighborhoods as is, allows slightly more housing in the Medium Density areas (i.e., missing middle), does not allow new housing potential in the Very High Fire hazard Severity Zone, and focuses growth on the major streets with mixed use and higher density developments.

A final version will be posted here in the coming weeks and an interactive online version completed in the coming months.

Milpitas – Draft Housing Element Available!

Check out the Draft Housing Element here! The 30-day public comment period will close on September 29, 2022. Email comments to  housingelement@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

Find information on the city’s Housing Element Webpage. Email housingelement@ci.milpitas.ca.gov if you would like to be added to the email list.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Milpitas.

Morgan Hill- Draft Housing Element Available!

The Draft Housing Element is here!

Public comment for incorporation in the Draft Housing Element before submission to HCD has closed. If residents and stakeholders still need to submit their comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff.

See SV@Home’s comment letter.

View the Draft Housing Element:

Find updates, materials, and recordings of past events at Morgan Hill’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the city by clicking Notify Me on the webpage.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Morgan Hill.

 

Mountain View- Draft Housing Element Available!

View the Draft Housing Element here. At this time, Mountain View’s public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at city.clerk@mountainview.gov.

See SV@Home’s comment letter.

Find more updates, materials, and recordings of past events at Mountain View’s Housing Element Website. You can sign up for updates by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the Housing Element webpage and entering your email.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Mountain View.

Palo Alto

Find updates and materials at Palo Alto’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the city by scrolling to the bottom of the webpage and entering your information.

View the Draft Site Inventory here

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Palo Alto.

San Jose- Draft Housing Element Available!

View the Draft Housing Element here! At this time, San Jose’s public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at  HousingElement@sanjoseca.gov.

See SV@Home’s comment letter.

Find updates, materials, and resources at San Jose’s Housing Elements Webpage. Register to receive updates from the city by clicking on the green circle labeled “Sign up for updates.”

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for San Jose.

Santa Clara- Draft Housing Element Available!

The Draft Housing Element is available to view as a PDF here. At this time, Santa Clara’s public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at John Davidson, Principal Planner.

View SV@Home’s comment letter to Santa Clara.

You can find basic information about the Housing Element and sign up to receive notifications at the City’s Housing Element webpage.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Santa Clara.

Unincorporated Santa Clara County

The County of Santa Clara now has a webpage to communicate with residents about the Housing Element process in the unincorporated County. Find basic information and sign up for updates here.

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Unincorporated Santa Clara County.

Saratoga- Draft Housing Element Available!

The initial draft of the City’s 2023-2031 Housing Element is now available for public review!

Public comment for incorporation in the Draft Housing Element before submission to HCD has closed. If residents and stakeholders still need to submit their comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff.

Find updates, materials, and resources at Saratoga’s Housing Elements Webpage, and sign up for their Housing Element Newsletter to get an email when meeting locations and participation details are available. 

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Saratoga.

 

Sunnyvale- Draft Housing Element Available!

The Draft Housing Element is here!

Read SV@Home’s comment letter.

At this time, Sunnyvale’s public comment period has ended, but if residents and stakeholders still need to submit comments on the Draft Housing Element, SV@Home encourages you to send them directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov and copy city staff at rdyson@sunnyvale.ca.gov

View the Draft Housing Element:

Find updates, materials, and resources at Sunnyvale’s Housing Elements Webpage. You can register to receive updates from the city by clicking “Subscribe to stay informed.”

For more information about the project visit Housing Element Update or contact Ryan Dyson

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). Here is the data packet for Sunnyvale.

Housing Element Policies

Policies to consider in your advocacy

One request we’ve heard from you is for a list of suggested policies you can advocate to be included in your city’s Housing Element. It’s important to note that Housing Element Policies & Programs must be responsive to the housing needs and barriers identified in the Housing Needs Assessment, Assessment of Fair Housing, Assessment of Constraints, and Evaluation of Past Housing Element Policy Performance. HCD will not accept Policies & Programs that are untethered from identified needs and barriers.

As part of HCD’s guidance memo on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, they have released a list of Examples of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Actions. This is a great place to look for policy solutions responsive to your community’s housing needs! Suggested policies center on:

  • Housing Mobility Strategies: removing barriers to housing in areas of opportunity and  strategically enhancing access
  • New Housing Choices and Affordability in Areas of Opportunity: promoting housing supply, choices and affordability in areas of high opportunity, outside areas of concentrated poverty
  • Place-based Strategies to Encourage Community Conservation and Revitalization: conserving and improving assets in areas of lower opportunity and concentrated poverty such as targeted investment in neighborhood revitalization, preserving or rehabilitating existing affordable housing, improving infrastructure, schools, employment, parks, transportation and other community amenities
  • Protecting Existing Residents from Displacement: protecting residents in  areas of lower or moderate opportunity and concentrated poverty and preserving housing choices and affordability

Affordable housing production faces many challenges, including higher costs of development and shortages of funding for state and federal affordable housing programs. As part of the housing element, cities are required to identify barriers to production, both governmental (such as lengthy approval processes and large fees) and nongovernmental (such as opposition from existing residents), and find ways to help overcome them. While many cities have little money earmarked to directly support affordable housing, there are actions they can take and policies they can put in place that reduce costs for developers of affordable housing. Our partners at MidPen Housing have developed a fantastic set of best practices aimed at increasing production, with case studies as examples from previous planning cycles. Not only are these great policies, but the case studies can help you and your city understand the potential unlocked by including these policies in the Housing Element!

Housing Element Laws

New Laws Impacting Housing Elements

This time around, there have been changes in the process and housing law that will make this a lot more challenging for city staff than it has been in the past. Staff, consultants, and council will need more support. In addition to much bigger housing targets:

  • Staff will have to plan for units and affordability. They’ll have to identify which sites in the site inventory will hold their low-income housing units, and show that development and site capacity is feasible
  • The No Net Loss law means that Staff will have to overplan. If any site is developed with fewer units or higher affordability than it was planned for, there has to always be enough planned capacity to hold whatever is left of the RHNA
  • They have to affirmatively further fair housing, and show that lower-income sites are located equitably in the city. 
  • HCD can now monitor, enforce, and  de-certify cities’ housing elements mid-cycle, and if that happens, anything with at least 20% affordability becomes by-right

Staff and councils will need to have a clear-eyed view of their challenges and obligations, and they’re likely to face a lot of opposition from residents. Housing advocates will need to be involved at every step of the process with staff, consultants, and council to make sure we have good, compliant Housing Elements with as strong a chance as possible for success. Learn more about New Laws Impacting the Housing Element.

Understanding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

New to this planning cycle, local jurisdictions must demonstrate that they are using their Housing Element to combat discrimination, overcome existing patterns of segregation, and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics such as race and ethnicity. HCD has recently released comprehensive guidance on how cities must incorporate the law, known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), into their Housing Element. Read a summary of HCD’s comments to jurisdictions on AFFH in Housing Elements.

Using fair housing metrics to allocate the Bay Area’s total housing need will help advance the AFFH mandate and create housing opportunities in resource-rich communities, many of which have a legacy of exclusion that must be overcome. Promoting greater housing opportunities in these neighborhoods helps advance regional priorities such as economic mobility, public health, and improved educational outcomes. This metric should be used to choose sites for all income levels, not just the low-income share of housing need, to ensure that more housing of all types is built where it is needed most. In this way, allocation based on access to high opportunity areas can also advance the requirement to increase housing supply & mix of housing types across all jurisdictions in an equitable way.

An easy way for advocates to check to see if housing of all income levels is distributed equitable throughout the community is to find sites in the Housing Element Site Inventory on the State’s Opportunity Maps. Planning lower-income homes for high-resource areas also helps them qualify for important access to LIHTC financing. 

Housing Element Sites Inventories

What makes a site unrealistic? AKA “Ground Truthing for Busy People”

Sometimes cities choose sites to accommodate their RHNA that are unlikely to be developed- sometimes unlikely for very obvious reasons! Whether the bad sites are chosen in honest error or ill intent, they will not lead to the construction of housing and are not in compliance with the law. Once your city begins to choose sites for the inventory, you can easily use Google Maps and Street View to see what’s happening at these sites- and often catch errors. Check out the sites a housing advocate found in San Diego’s Housing Element site inventory, as well as an explanation of why each site is unlikely to be developed! If you need to search for a site address by Assessor Parcel Number (APN), you can use the search function in this map from the Santa Clara County’s Department of Planning and Development– just choose APN from the dropdown menu in the search box at the top right corner.

Deep Dive: An Explainer & Audit Tool for the Housing Element (YIMBY)

This Explainer – which we call the “HEAT Sheet” – outlines several key topics of housing elements which carry legal weight and are top priority for housing advocates. Housing elements are both analytical and programmatic documents. The analytical side is supposed to reveal problems with the city’s housing stock and housing policies. The programmatic side is supposed to commit the city to fixing those problems in specific ways. A housing element must show how the city will accommodate its share of regional housing need allocation (“RHNA”) in each of four income categories: housing for very low-income, low-income, moderate-income, and above moderate-income households. A housing element must also affirmatively further fair housing, opening up neighborhoods from which lower-income and minority households have historically been excluded. Last, a housing element must mitigate or remove constraints to the development of housing at all levels of affordability.

Ready for a deep dive? Our friends at the Campaign for Fair Housing Elements have curated an incredible Resource Library with explainers, legislation memos, data, and more!

You can also register with them to receive updates on Housing Element actions happening in your city!

How To: Housing Element Resources

Talking about the Housing Element

Housing Elements can be a complicated, intimidating process but with the right messaging, we can help break down barriers and motivate residents and advocates to get involved and shape better policy. Join NPH with M+R Communications for a presentation that will lay out an approach for what to say and how to say it to bring people in, communicate the essentials, and get them engaged in the process. View the recorded training and slide deck here!

How to Give Public Comments for Fair Housing Elements (YIMBY)

New to giving public comment in support of housing at meetings? This helpful guide from CA YIMBY gives you specific examples on what to say by topic, including housing for racial equity, housing for economic opportunity, and housing for sustainable communities. This is a great way to get engaged quickly!

Advocacy Letter Templates

Don’t have time to write a letter? Start with one of these template letters and just fill in a few blanks! (Open the link, the click File> Download, or simply copy and paste into your own document to edit.)

“Diligent and Equitable Outreach to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” letter template

“Fair and Equitable Housing Elements” letter template (Campaign for Fair Housing Elements)

“Housing Element Priorities” letter template

“Disability-Inclusive Housing” letter template (Campaign for Fair Housing Elements)

More letter templates to come!

Housing Needs Analysis by Jurisdiction

State law requires local jurisdictions to analyze their communities’ housing needs and resources available to address them. ABAG/MTC has compiled demographic, economic, and housing stock data required by HCD for each Bay Area jurisdiction so that local planning staff can focus on developing meaningful policies and programs. The data packets include some data related to the state’s requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH). You can also find concise summaries of some key local housing data for each jurisdiction in Santa Clara County on SV@Home’s City Pages.