ABAG’s  Housing Methodology Committee began to hold public meetings in October of 2019 to decide how to divide the HCD’s Regional Housing Need Determination among the Bay Area’s 101 cities and 9 counties. The Methodology Committee is made up of members from every county in the region and includes elected officials, housing and planning staff from local jurisdictions, regional stakeholders, and a partner from the state government. The inclusion of diverse perspectives is designed to facilitate collaboration and information sharing and produce a fair, equitable methodology.

During this cycle, the Methodology Committee is considering ten potential factors as bases for deciding how to allocate housing, including access to high-opportunity areas, job proximity, and the jobs-housing balance. Over the course of ten meetings, the Committee will decide which factors are most relevant and how much weight to give each factor in determining the proposed methodology. Periodic progress reports allow the public to have more visibility to the way the methodology process is evolving. Visit the Housing Methodology Committee’s visualization tool for exploring factor weighting and allocation outcomes to delve into how the different potential factors interact.

SV@Home, along with our partners at California YIMBY and seven other housing advocacy groups, recommends that the two factors receiving the most weight in determining where housing is allocated are access to High Opportunity Areas and job proximity.