Residential Building

4th Cycle Progress Toward Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA), by Affordability Level

Silicon Valley and Bay Area | 2007-2014

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 Annual Housing Element Progress Reports (APRs) filed by jurisdictions with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In certain instances when APR data were not available but permitting information could be found through other sources, ABAG made use of the following data sources: Adopted and certified housing elements for the period between 2007 and 2014; Draft housing elements for the period between 2014-2022; Permitting information sent to ABAG directly by local planning staff. Note that given that calendar year 2014 is in-between the 2007-14 and the 2014-2022 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 (2014-2022) RHNA cycle. ABAG did not include 2014 permitting information for jurisdictions that requested that their 2014 permits be counted towards their 2014-2022 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, Oakley, Contra Costa County, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Marin County, American Canyon, Calistoga, Benicia, and Petaluma. There was no data available for permits issued in 2013 or 2014 for Albany. Data were available only for 2014 for Portola Valley, Half Moon Bay, and San Anselmo. 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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