Learn More About HCD’s New Enforcement Unit and Upcoming Goals
The urgency of California’s housing crisis has spurred a greater level of accountability and enforcement at the state level to better address the supply of housing—particularly affordable housing. Recent state laws grant the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) strengthened authority to review any action, or failure to act, by a local government that HCD determines is inconsistent with Housing Element Law. HCD’s enforcement authority now includes the Housing Accountability Act; No Net Loss Law; Density Bonus Law; Land Use Discrimination Law; Accessory Dwelling Unit laws; Affordable Housing Preservation Noticing Law; and Surplus Land Act.
In 2022, this HCD oversight will grow to include other state laws. As part of the 2021-2022 state budget, HCD received additional staff to grow its accountability efforts and formed the Housing Accountability Unit. The person now helping to lead the Accountability Unit will be a familiar face to SCANPH Members, as HCD’s new Assistant Deputy Director of the unit is David Zisser, who was formerly Associate Director at Housing California.
Join us on January 18th to hear from David Zisser, Assistant Deputy Director, and Shannan West, Unit Chief, about HCD’s new Housing Accountability Unit and their goals. They will discuss HCD’s work on housing element compliance, proactive enforcement of housing element commitments, and complaint-based enforcement of various housing laws. They will also discuss how stakeholders, including local advocates and affordable housing developers, can partner with HCD on accountability and enforcement. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own ideas.
- David Zisser, Assistant Deputy Director, Local Government Relations and Accountability, HCD
- Shannan West, Unit Chief, Housing Accountability Unit, HCD