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Sacramento 2021-2029: Housing Element 


The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan and sets forth the policies and programs to address the housing needs of all households in Sacramento. State law (Government Code Sections 65580-65589.8) requires that every city and county in California adopt a Housing Element, subject to State approval, as part of its General Plan. Per SB 375 (Statutes of 2008), the planning period for the Housing Element is eight years. This places the Housing Element Cycle on a different timeline than the City's regular 5-year updates to its General Plan.  The City's current 2013-2021 Housing Element will expire in October 2021.  City staff have begun the process of updating the Housing Element for the period 2021-2029.

As part of the Housing Element update, staff will be reviewing and revising several of the City’s major housing policies based on current and future need, past performance, market conditions, available resources, and consistency with the City’s General Plan update.

Contents of the Housing Element

The Housing Element typically includes seven major components:

  • Housing Needs Assessment: Provides demographic and housing need information for the City.
  • Constraints Analysis: Analyzes existing and potential constraints to the development of housing and how those will be addressed.
  • Evaluation of Past Performance: Assesses the City’s progress in implementing the policies and programs set forth in the prior Housing Element.
  • Housing Sites Inventory and Analysis: Identifies sites available for development or redevelopment and that are appropriately zoned to support housing development in order to accommodate the City’s RHNA.
  • Housing Resources: Identifies financial and other resources available to support housing development, especially affordable housing.
  • Policies and Programs: Establishes new policies and programs designed to address the housing needs identified in the City.
  • Community Outreach: Discusses the community involvement efforts done as part of the Housing Element update process, including outreach to all economic groups; the input they provided and how that has been addressed in the Element.

Housing Update Schedule

previous housing element resources


 Greta Soos, Assistant Planner

Community Development Department

300 Richards Blvd, 3rd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 808-2027