Plans and Reports
HCD issues both federally and state-mandated plans and reports as well as other educational plans and reports designed to educate elected officials (including state legislators) and the general public.
- New! California's Plan to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
- Residential Impact Fees in California — Report to the Legislature pursuant to AB 879 (Grayson, Chapter 374, Statutes of 2017)
- Community Development Block Grant Program - Report to the Legislature in Response to Senate Bill 106 (Chapter 96, Statutes of 2017)
- California Statewide Housing Assessment (state mandated)
- HCD’s Annual Report (state mandated)
- HCD’s Annual CALGreen Report (state mandated)
- Federal Reports Citizen Participation Requirements
- Consolidated Plan 2015-2020
- Annual Action Plans 2015-2020
- Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (CAPER) 2015-2020
- HUD'S Initiative on Regulatory Relief
- Affordable Housing Cost Study (PDF) (Issued by HCD, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.)
- Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas (PDF) (Prepared for HCD by the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
- Pay to Play: Residential Development Fees in California Cities and Counties (PDF) (Prepared for HCD under interagency agreement with the University of California Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development)
Residential Impact Fees in California
Residential Impact Fees in California (PDF) — This study was commissioned by HCD pursuant to AB 879 (Grayson, Chapter 374, Statutes of 2017). HCD was required to commission a study about the reasonableness of local impact fees charged to new housing developments. To meet this mandate, HCD contracted with the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley to prepare a study. The Terner Center is solely responsible for the content of this report. Through outreach, case studies, interviews, and various other methods, Residential Impact Fees in California (PDF) provides an overview and analysis of impact fees in California and suggests findings and recommendations related to fee transparency, fee structure, fee design process, and alternative funding options.
Community Development Block Grant Program -- Report to the Legislature In Response to Senate Bill 106 (Chapter 96, Statutes of 2017)
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities—from safe, stable, affordable housing, to creating jobs through the expansion and retention of local businesses, to health and safety improvement projects like senior daycare facilities, fire stations, and medical clinics.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the distribution of CDBG funds that come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aimed at smaller and rural communities that often lack access to other types of financial resources.
In July 2017, HCD embarked on a comprehensive process to redesign the federal CDBG program by analyzing the current structure and identifying ways the program could be improved. HCD partnered with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders and formed the CDBG Redesign Working Group to ensure inclusive and diverse input. HCD also received valuable technical assistance provided by HUD. These collaborative efforts identified and evaluated inefficiencies in administration, requirements, and overall program effectiveness.
Home is the foundation for life. It’s where we raise families, feel safe and secure, rest and recharge. Our options for where we live have far-reaching impacts in our lives – from our job opportunities to our physical and mental health, from our children's success in school to our environmental footprint.
"California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities", provides in depth research into California’s far reaching housing challenges:
- Production averaged less than 80,000 new homes annually over the last 10 years, and ongoing production continues to fall far below the projected need of 180,000 additional homes annually.
- Lack of supply and rising costs are compounding growing inequality for younger Californians.
- One-third of renters pay more than 50% of income toward rent.
- Homeownership rates are at their lowest in California since the 1940s.
- California accounts for a disproportionate 22% of the nation’s homeless population.
- Continued sprawl will decrease affordability and quality of life while increasing combined housing and transportation costs on families.
In addition to analyzing housing needs and condition, "California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities" presents preliminary recommendations to address California’s housing challenges through a ten-year forward looking policy framework.
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- Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas (PDF)
- Housing and Family Economic Well-Being (2013) (PDF)
- Housing and Educational Attainment (2013) (PDF)
- Housing and Climate Change (2013) (PDF)
HCD's 2019-20 Annual Report (PDF) reflects back on the fiscal year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020, highlighting the accomplishments of HCD's dedicated, mission-driven team, and the progress and improvements that raised the bar to better serve California and communities throughout the state.
Inside you'll find:
- Accomplishments at-a-glance
- Easy-to-understand descriptions of HCD's programs and why they matter
- Special features (pages with blue background)
- Homes Made Possible by HCD
- Transforming Lives
- When Disasters Strike -- HCD's role in Recovery, Mitigation, and Resiliency
- HCD Mobile Offices Meet Mobilehome Owners Where They Live
- Responding to COVID
- Message from HCD's Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Groundbreakings and Grand Openings
- Details on funding awarded to build new, affordable homes and preserve existing affordable homes
- Information about HCD's role in helping communities plan for housing and address homelessness
- And much more
HCD's Annual CALGreen Report
California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) — the nation's first state-mandated green-building code — has been in effect since January 1, 2011. CALGreen was created to improve public health, safety, and general welfare through enhanced design and construction of buildings using concepts that reduce negative impacts and promote principles that have a positive environmental impact and encourage sustainable construction practices.
CALGreen was created to address the five divisions of building construction:
- Planning and design.
- Energy efficiency.
- Water efficiency and conservation.
- Material conservation and resource efficiency.
- Environmental quality.
View the 2020 CALGreen Annual Report (PDF) to the California Legislature.
The following outlines the Citizen Participation Requirements for the Department's federal reports: Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Report. These Citizen Participation Requirements only apply to the federal reports listed above.
- New! Amended Citizen Participation Plan (PDF) –Citizen Participation Plan amended on September 8, 2020
- Citizen Participation Requirements for Federal Programs Plans & Reports PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
- Citizen Participation Requirements for Federal Programs, Plans & Reports Webinar 4/30/20 (YouTube)
California’s Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan that examines the housing and community development needs of Californians and their communities and lays out how federal funds will be used to address these needs and improve the quality of life for Californians.
The Consolidated Plan, submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and if approved, enables the State of California to administer funds or for the following federal housing programs:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG);
- Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME);
- Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program;
- National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF);
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program (that’s administered by the California Department of Public Health); and
- Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Natural Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR) programs
The Consolidated Plan is applicable to jurisdictions that do not receive funding directly from HUD ("non-entitlement jurisdictions") and are eligible to participate in the state administered programs.
Consolidated Plan 2020-2024
- New! State of California 2020-2024 Federal Consolidated Plan (PDF) – Consolidated Plan approved by HUD.
- 2020-2024 Community Needs Webinar Slides (PDF) - Community needs identified for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and presented as part of the Community Needs Public Meeting Webinar held March 19, 2020
- New! State of California Draft 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment (PDF) – The 2020-2021 (20-21) Annual Action Plan (AAP) addresses the first year of the five-year Consolidated Plan, which outlines the State’s affordable housing and community development priority needs, market conditions, and methods of distribution for the HUD programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This is an amendment to the 20-21 AAP contained in the State of California 2020-2024 Federal Consolidated Plan.
Consolidated Plan and Amendments 2015-2020
- CARES Act State of California Draft 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan Substantial Amendment (PDF) – This document provides the federal authority to program and plan for CARES Act funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment (linked below) provides the specific method of distribution for CARES Act funds.
- CARES Act Draft 2015-2020 Consolidated PIan and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment Webinar (PDF) - This webinar was held on April 17, 2020 and discussed the CARES Act funding method of distribution as added in the CARES Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment below.
- CARES Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment Webinar Video (YouTube) - This webinar was held on April 17, 2020 and discussed the CARES Act funding method of distribution as added in the CARES Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment below.
- Addendum to 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan (PDF)
- 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan (PDF)
Required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Annual Action Plan is an annual update of California’s Consolidated Plan (below).
Annual Action Plans
- New! CARES Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Third Substantial Amendment (PDF) — This is the third substantial amendment to the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan that identifies the method of distribution for the Third Tranche of CARES Act funds (CDBG-CV3).
- CARES Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment (PDF) — This document identifies the method of distribution for the Second Tranche of CARES Act funds (ESG-CV2 and CDBG-CV2) that have been allocated to the State of California, and identifies funding priorities.
- New! Cares Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment PowerPoint Presentation (PPT)
- New! Cares Act State of California Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment Webinar - Recording of the webinar on September 3, 2020 (YouTube)
- New! 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan October 2, 2020 Amendment (PDF) - The 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan (AP) is being amended to add language to the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) method of distribution to better align the funding with HUD’s regulations and add flexibility to the HTF funding.
- Spanish Public Notice for Comment – Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2019 (PDF)
- Public Notice for Comment - Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2019 (PDF)
- Neighborhood Stabilization Program - Action Plan Substantial Amendment 2019 (PDF)
- Draft 2019-20 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
- 2017-18 Annual Action Plan Update (DOC) — (Appendices included in document)
- 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan Update (DOC)
Annual Action Plan Amendments
- 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment (PDF) - This is the first amendment to the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan which allows the State to access emergency funding intended to provide a timely response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 2018-2019 CAPER and 2019 Amendments Public Notice (PDF)
- 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan Draft Second Substantial Amendment (PDF)
- 2018-19 Annual Action Plan Draft Substantial Amendment (PDF)
- 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan Draft Substantial Amendment (PDF)
- 2016-2017 NHTF Substantial Amendment to the Annual Plan and Allocation Plan (PDF)
Submitted annually to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides California’s programmatic outcomes.
- 2019-2020 Draft CAPER (PDF)
Governmental and non-governmental applicants are eligible to receive up to two (2) additional points on the evaluation of their application if they are able to demonstrate successful efforts toward removing regulatory barriers to affordable housing.
Qualified state agencies or departments applying for funding — as well as housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, and other qualified applicants applying for funds for projects located in unincorporated areas — are invited to answer the 15 questions in Part B to determine eligibility.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
As a recipient of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the State of California is required to conduct a five-year Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) to develop housing programs and priorities for federal grant program years 2020-2024. Per Code of Federal Regulation 24 Part 91 (24 CFR § 91), a condition of the ConPlan requires grantees to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) and conduct an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI).
This analysis serves as the foundation for HCD and the state’s fair housing planning work, to expand housing choice and access to opportunity for all Californians, with a focus on members of protected classes. The Final 2020 AI details impediments to fair housing choice and action steps to address those impediments over the next five years.
To effectively combat housing discrimination and affirmatively further fair housing, HCD has identified a multi-pronged approach that includes recommendations and action steps to address the 10 impediments to fair housing choice identified through the 2020 AI process. The recommendations and action steps will inform HCD’s efforts to affirmatively further fair housing; to promote inclusive communities, further housing choice, and address community disparities through HCD’s programs, policies, and operations. HCD’s AFFH efforts will also follow guidance from state fair housing law, including AB 686 (2018). Some of these actions are within HCD’s authority, while others will require on-going, collaborative work with state and local entities.
State of California 2020 Impediments to Fair Housing Choice:
- Supply and Production of Affordable Homes: Inadequate supply and production of affordable homes available to low-income households and persons in protected classes.
- Housing Preservation: Vulnerable supply of affordable housing stock threatens housing options for lower-income and protected households.
- Housing Instability and Homelessness: Unequal access to supportive services, shelter, and affordable housing opportunities increases risk for persons experiencing homelessness, especially protected classes. The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and vulnerabilities.
- Fair Housing Education and Enforcement: Limited community awareness of fair housing protections and enforcement resources.
- Tenant Protections and Anti-Displacement: Lack of uniform enforcement and adequate anti-displacement protections have left protected classes, such as communities of color, more vulnerable to displacement.
- Disparities in Housing Quality and Infrastructure: Low-income households, rural communities, and persons in protected classes, are disproportionately experiencing severe housing problems, a lack of adequate housing options, and disparities in infrastructure.
- Climate and Environmental Vulnerabilities: Low-income households and protected classes are often disproportionately impacted by climate change, environmental injustice, or unsustainable land use and development practices.
- Historic and Lasting Impact of Segregation: Despite the repeal of explicitly racist and discriminatory housing laws, there remains a lasting legacy of segregation and resources disparities. Housing choice is often limited for persons of protected classes, including communities of color, to segregated concentrated areas of poverty.
- Local Resistance and Exclusionary Land Use Policies Constrain Access to Opportunity: Denying, preventing, or rendering infeasible multifamily housing development, alternative housing strategies, and affordable housing limits access for low-income households, protected classes, and persons experiencing homelessness.
- Insufficient Accessible Housing Stock: Lack of adequate accessible housing options, specifically for persons with mobility and sensory disabilities, limits housing choice for low-income households and people with disabilities.