Population: 3,479
Households: 1,128
Employed Residents: 1,496
Housing Units: 1,245
Source: ACS 2019 5 year estimates

Jobs: 542
Employed Residents per Household: 1.21
Jobs per Employed Resident: 0.37
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 0.40
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates

Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 4.00
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics

For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.

2019 Homeless Count: no homeless persons identified
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count

Average Monthly Rent: $2,733

Rent Change Year over Year: -11%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021

Monte Sereno’s 2020 Affordable Housing Inventory
Extremely Low-IncomeVery Low-IncomeLow-IncomeModerate IncomeTotal UnitsAffordable % of Total Housing Stock

SOURCE: Units reported in the Housing Element Annual Performance Report that received building permits in 2019 were added to the unit counts in the previously reported 2018 Base Year table.  This methodology necessarily means that any ELI units, if any, are included in the VLI category since that is how HCD has required production data to be reported.  The RHNA data on new units relies on self-reporting by jurisdiction and can include units for which building permits were issued that never got built.  The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5.

See more information on our affordable housing assets page.

2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation 

Every 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 units of housing 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, regardless of income, in an effort to plan for future growth and ease the Bay Area’s acute housing crisis. 

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. The table below shows Monte Sereno’s progress.

Monte Sereno’s 2015-2022 RHNA Permit Progress as of 12/2020
Affordability LevelRHNA TargetPermits IssuedProgress to Target
Very Low Income2352226%
Low Income1318%
Moderate Income1318%
Above Moderate Income1268567%

Permitting progress as of December 2020. Source: HCD 2020 Housing Element Annual Progress Report Permit Summary.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

All California cities and counties are mandated to permit ADUs and JADUs according to state law. The Legislature further updated ADU and JADU law effective January 1, 2021 to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). These include allowing ADUs and JADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family dwelling, opening areas where ADUs can be created to include all zoning districts that allow single-family and multifamily uses, modifying fees from utilities such as special districts and water corporations, limited exemptions or reductions in impact fees, and reduced parking requirements. Please see the Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook (PDF) for more information for local government bodies and homeowners interested in adding an ADU or JADU to their property. Our partner, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley has kicked-off a major initiative, Small Homes, Big Impact to support ADU development throughout Santa Clara County, including outreach and education, and potential new financing mechanisms.

Monte Sereno ADUs Permitted: 2017 – 2020
2017201820192020Total% of Countywide Total

Affordable Housing Policies

Housing Element Policies

Monte Sereno relies primarily on the development of secondary units on single-family properties to meet its affordable housing objectives.  To this end, it has amended its second-units program to allow larger units, uncovered parking, fee waivers for rent-restricted units, and an amnesty program.  The City has established a multi-family zoning district which has yet to be utilized.  And the City allows residential care homes, supportive housing and transitional housing by right in all residential zoning districts.

The Housing Element of Monte Sereno’s General Plan includes policies pledge to:

  • Work with nearby communities to explore countywide housing needs and solutions, and requires the City Manager to report annually on such activities.
  • Monitor the availability of federal and State affordable housing funding and apply for such funds if available.

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