Housing Element Update and RHNA

The City has initiated the update to our Housing Element. Every eight years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development assesses the projected housing needs of the entire state and assigns a minimum number of housing units to be produced over the following eight-year period to the governing bodies of the state’s major regions. Those governing bodies are then responsible for assigning the individual communities within their boundaries their share of those units – called the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). A new eight-year cycle will begin in fall of 2021 and, due to a combination of factors that resulted in chronic under-production of housing across the state, the expected RHNA numbers will be higher than ever in many places. Southern California alone must identify space for 1.3 million new homes over the next eight years just to catch up with past under-production and expected need. Riverside’s share will be somewhere around 18,415, which, together with units not produced during the last cycle, means the City will need to make space for approximately 25,000 new homes by 2029.