Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA)

Share of Residential Units Permitted in 2015-2023 RHNA Cycle, by Affordability Level

Silicon Valley and Bay Area

Progress Toward 2015-2023 RHNA
Total Number of Units Permitted RHNA Progress Toward RHNA
Silicon Valley 12,994 82,893 16%
Bay Area 27,715 187,994 15%

Data Source:

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data are from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and were compiled primarily from the permitting information sent to ABAG by local planning staff. In certain instances when permit data was not available, data from 2015 Annual Housing Element Progress Reports (APRs) filed by jurisdictions with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) was used. All jurisdictions had the opportunity to review the final report. Given that the calendar year 2014 is in-between the 2007-14 and the 2015-2023 RHNA cycles, HCD provides Bay Area jurisdictions with the option of counting the units they permitted in 2014 towards either the past (2007-2014) or the current (2015-2023) RHNA cycle. ABAG only included 2014 permitting information for jurisdictions that requested that their 2014 permits be counted towards their 2015-2023 allocation. In Silicon Valley, those jurisdictions include Foster City, Portola Valley, Los Gatos, and San Jose. In the rest of the Bay Area, those jurisdictions include Emeryville, Pleasanton, Concord, Moraga, Oakley, Contra Costa County, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Marin County, American Canyon, Calistoga, and Petaluma. The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) is the state-mandated process to identify the total number of housing units (by affordability level) that each jurisdiction must accommodate in its Housing Element. AMI stands for Area Median Income. Silicon Valley data include Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and the cities of Fremont, Union City, and Newark. Affordability levels indicated on the chart include Very Low Income (0-50% of the Area Median Income, AMI), Low Income (50-80% AMI), Moderate Income (80-120% AMI), and Above Moderate Income (120%+ AMI).

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