Division of Housing Policy Development

Mission Statement: The Division of Housing Policy Development administers, develops and advocates policies and laws to further housing and community development.

The Division of Housing Policy Development (HPD) accomplishes its mission by identifying California's housing needs and developing policies to meet those needs. HPD administers State housing element law, including the review of local general plan housing elements; prepares numerous state plans and reports and conducts research to facilitate housing development and improvement, and provides a wide range of technical assistance to local governments, public and private housing providers, business and industry groups, housing advocates and interested citizens. In addition, HPD prepares and implements the federal Consolidated Planning and Performance Reporting requirements for HUD, including the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, ensuring California's receipt of millions of federal housing and community development dollars.

Current Notices and Information Updates

Housing plays an influential role in a host of areas, including, for example, economic well-being, education, transportation, climate change, and public health. These policy briefs, prepared by HCD, provide an overview of key contributions of housing which synergistically further State public policy objectives. For more information, please click the icon above.

2015-2025 Statewide Housing Plan New!

Housing Element Workshop Webinar Recordings - New!
Annual Progress Report Webinar Recording - New!

The Housing Element Update Guidance is intended to assist local governments and stakeholders with streamlined updates and HCD review for fifth cycle housing elements. HCD recognizes all levels of governments and stakeholders are facing resource challenges and this guidance seeks to create efficiencies and clarity for all parties in the housing element update process. While all local governments are still required to complete a housing element update, the Update Guidance is designed to reduce the number and scope of housing element submittals per jurisdiction and to focus resources on providing assistance to jurisdictions to ensure compliance and effectively addressing housing needs.

HOUSING ELEMENTS AND THE REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ALLOCATION

Housing element law, enacted in 1969, mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and project housing needs of all economic segments of the community. All California localities are required by Article 10.6 of the Government Code (section 65580-65590) to adopt housing elements as part of their general plans, and submit draft and adopted elements to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review of compliance with State law. For additional information on Housing Elements and the Regional Housing Need Allocation, please click here.

HOUSING ELEMENT RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PAPERS

Building Blocks for Effective Housing Elements online technical resource to assist local governments in updating housing elements


NEW! Housing Element Workshop Webinar Recordings

The following webinar recordings aim to assist local governments in drafting and adopting housing elements that effectively address housing needs and State housing law requirements. These recordings recap the information provided in HPD’s Housing Element Workshop presentations.

Refer to the following HCD Published Technical Assistance papers for more information on housing-related statutes and requirements.


HCD Published Housing Element Technical Assistance Papers

Technical Assistance Paper Description/Link Publish Date Applicable Statutory Citation Statute
HCD Memorandum - SB 375

Appendix A Related Resources

Appendix B Statute Amendments

Appendix C Jurisdiction Planning periods

Appendix D Frequently asked questions

October 4, 2013 GC - 65400
GC - 65883 (c)
GC - 65883 (f)
GC - 65884.04 (i)
GC - 65887(d)
GC - 65888(e)
SB 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008)
HCD Memorandum - Alternative Adequate Sites Amendments

AB 720, AB 1867 and AB 1103 amending the alternative adequate sites sections of State housing element law
August 24, 2012 GC
65400(a)(2)(B);
65582(h) and (i);
65583(a)(8); and
65583.1(c)(1)-(4)
AB 720(Ch. 467, Statutes of 2009)

AB 1867(Ch. 367, Statutes of 2010)

AB 1103(Ch. 210, Statutes of 2011)
HCD Memorandum - SB 812

Analysis of special housing needs for persons with developmental disabilities
June 21, 2012 GC 65583(a)(7) SB 812 (Ch. 507, Statutes of 2010)
HCD Memorandum-Default Density Standard Option (2010 Census Update) June 20, 2012 GC 65583.2(c)(3)(B) N/A see statutory reference for AB 2348 below.
HCD Memorandum - AB 162

Applicability of amendment to safety and conservation elements of General Plan to element updates
September 16, 2009 GC 65302 AB 162 (Ch. 369, Statutes of 2007)
HCD Memorandum SB 2

Zoning for emergency shelters, transitional housing, and supportive housing
May 7, 2008
Updated: April 19, 2013
GC 65589.5 SB2 (Ch. 633, Statutes of 2007)
HCD Memorandum - AB 1233

Rezoning deadlines applicable to jurisdictions failing to make sites available in prior planning period
June 20, 2007 GC 65584.09 AB 1233 (Ch. 614, Statutes of 2005)
HCD Memorandum - SB 1087

Water and sewer service priority for housing affordable to lower income households
May 22, 2006 GC 65589.7 SB 1087 (Ch. 633, Statutes of 2005)
HCD Memorandum - AB 2348

Inventory and suitability of sites/default densities
June 9, 2005 GC 65583 AB 2348 (Ch 724 Statutes of 2004)
HCD Memorandum - AB 1866

Second unit law and the creation of second units in meeting regional housing need
August 6, 2003 GC 65852.2 and 65583.1 AB 1866 (Ch. 1062, Statutes of 2002)
HCD Memorandum - SB 520

Analysis of constraints on development of housing for persons with disabilities
June 17, 2002 GC 65583(a)(4) and 65583(c)(3) SB 520 (Ch. 671, Statutes of 2001)
Note: The highlighted links above provide statutory language as of the date legislation was enacted. To access a current copy of State housing element law, please click here.

HOUSING ELEMENT ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT REGULATIONS (GC 65400)

Pursuant to Government Code Section 65400 Housing Element Annual Reports for the prior calendar year are due APRIL 1st of the subsequent year. Report forms and instructions are available online here.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

STATE PLANS & REPORTS

FEDERAL PLANS & REPORTS

HOUSING POLICY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CONTACT LIST

Division of Housing Policy Development
California Department of Housing and Community Development
2020 W. El Camino, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95833

P.O. Box 952053
Sacramento CA 94252-2053
Main Line: (916) 263-2911
FAX: (916) 263-7453

email: cahouse@hcd.ca.gov

HPD Staff Contact Information Phone Number
Lisa Bates – Deputy Director (916) 263-2911
Glen Campora – Assistant Deputy Director (916) 263-7427
Maggie Kauffman – Librarian (916) 263-7448
Natalie Famini – Administrative Assistant (916) 263-2911
   
Mario Angel - Analyst (916) 263-7442
Harrison Anixter - Analyst (916) 263-8673
Brett Arriaga - Analyst (916) 263-7439
Tom Brinkhuis - Analyst (916) 263-6651
Melinda Coy - Specialist (916) 263-7425
Lagrimas Dalisay - Analyst (916) 263-1781
Anda Draghici – Specialist (916) 263-7428
Barbara Field - Analyst (916) 263-1733
Fidel Herrera - Analyst (916) 263-7441
Robin Huntley - Analyst (916) 263-7422
James Johnson - Analyst (916) 263-7426
Paul McDougall – Manager (916) 263-7420
Renee Mikkelsen - Analyst (916) 263-7432
Janet Myles - Analyst (916) 263-7423
Jess Negrete - Analyst (916) 263-7437
Greg Nickless - Analyst (916) 274-6244
Jennifer Seeger – Manager (916) 263-7421
Hilda Sousa - Analyst (916) 263-1784
Lindy Suggs - Analyst (916) 263-7433