Employed Residents: 21,057
Housing Units: 14,516
Employed Residents per Household: 1.48
Jobs per Employed Resident: 0.80
Jobs-Housing Balance Ratio: 1.17
Source: ACS 2017 5 year estimates
Low-Wage Jobs-Housing Fit Ratio: 7.36
Source: 2015 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics
For more information about the jobs/housing calculations visit our jobs and housing page.
2019 Homeless Count: 114 Persons, all unsheltered (-71% from 2017)
Source: 2019 Homeless Point In Time Count
Average Monthly Rent: $2,644
Rent Change Year over Year: -11%
Source: Rent Cafe, April 2021
|Extremely Low-Income||Very Low-Income||Low-Income||Moderate Income||Total Units||Affordable 5 of Total Housing Stock|
SOURCE: City staff. The percentage of the total housing stock in the community is based on the California Department of Finance’s Table E-5.
See more information on our affordable housing assets page.
Morgan Hill Development Pipeline
|Application Submitted||Approved Projects||Projects Under Construction||Total|
|Anticipated New Jobs||494||461||45||1,000|
|Jobs Per Unit||0.71|
Pipeline as of March 2019. Information reported from City of Morgan Hill. The employment projections are derived by applying square-footage-per-employee factors to building floor areas by four building types: 250 square feet for office/R&D; 1,500 feet for hotels; 550 feet for retail/restaurant; and 2,500 feet for manufacturing/warehouse. All are figures applied to a building’s gross square footage.
2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation
Morgan Hill Permit Progress as of 2019
|Affordability Level||RHNA Goal||Permits as of 2019||Percent Progress|
|Very Low Income||273||41||15%|
Permitting progress as of December 2019. Source: HCD 2019 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.
|2017||2018||2019||2020||Total||% of Countywide Total|
Affordable Housing Policies
Housing Element Policies
Housing development in Morgan Hill is governed by the Residential Development Control System (RDCS), a 1977 voter-approved initiative that limits the number of units approved annually through a competitive process. It has historically weaved in social equity through a developer competition that has prioritized affordable housing via a 20% set aside. In 2017, voters approved Measure S, which established a maximum of 215 building permits to be allocated per year. The Measure took effect on March 1st 2017, and projects must compete two years in advance of construction.
The Housing Element of Morgan Hill’s General Plan includes a number of general policies that support affordable housing, including pursuing opportunities for land acquisition and supporting nonprofit housing developers and other partners in seeking financing for affordable housing development. The City has a policy that provides local residents a preference under its housing programs.
In 2018, Morgan Hill updated their Inclusionary Ordinance to reflect the following:
- For Sale: 10% of units need to be affordable to moderate income households
- Rental: 10% of units need to be made affordable to Low and Very Low Income(VLI) Households and half need to be offered exclusively to VLI
Rest of City:
- For Sale: 15% of units need to be affordable to moderate income households
- Rental: 15% of units need to be made affordable to Low and Very Low Income(VLI) Households and half need to be offered exclusively to VLI
- City of Morgan Hill Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
- City of Morgan Hill Housing Element
- City of Morgan Hill Housing Services Division
- City of Morgan Hill Planning Division
- City of Morgan Hill RDCS Process
- City of Morgan Hill Mobile Home Ordinance
Photo: Bella Terra, EAH Housing