The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) is governed by California Government Code. Section 65584.04(b) (1) states that “each council of governments shall survey each of its member jurisdictions to request, at a minimum, information regarding the factors listed in subdivision (e) that will allow the development of a methodology based upon the factors established in subdivision (e).” In other words, each Council of Governments must survey its member jurisdictions to gather data based on a set of required Factors for analysis in the Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan (RHNP) development. These are listed below (including some which are new for the 6th RHNA Cycle, identified in bold):
  1. Existing and projected jobs and housing relationship, particularly low-wage jobs and affordable housing
  2. Lack of capacity for sewer or water service due to decisions outside jurisdiction’s control
  3. Availability of land suitable for urban development
  4. Lands protected from urban development under existing federal or State programs
  5. County policies to preserve agricultural land
  6. Distribution of household growth in the Regional Transportation Plan and opportunities to maximize use of transit and existing transportation infrastructure
  7. Agreements to direct growth toward incorporated areas
  8. Loss of deed-restricted affordable units
  9. Households paying more than 30 percent and more than 50 percent of their income in rent
  10. The rate of overcrowding
  11. Housing needs of farmworkers
  12. Housing needs generated by a university within the jurisdiction
  13. Housing needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  14. Units lost during a state of emergency that have yet to be replaced
  15. The region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets
Pursuant to the law, the questions in this survey ask about each of the above listed Factors to gather information which will inform the RHNP. Each question identifies the data already obtained that relate to the Factor, so that respondents may focus responses on filling in any data gaps. If a jurisdiction provides information, it should be in a format that is comparable across all jurisdictions.

Note: None of the information received may be used as a basis for reducing the total housing need established for the region pursuant to Government Code Section 65584.01.

After the Survey closes, results will be reported on the Fresno COG website, as required by California Government Code.