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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



Various forms of community engagement are being utilized to inform the City’s Housing Element Update. Below is a summary of the various aspects of outreach utilized for this Housing Element Update.


Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (Analysis) was completed in February 2020. The City of Sacramento was an active participant of the Sacramento Valley Fair Housing Collaborative that consisted of 16 jurisdictions and agencies to develop the Analysis. Extensive community engagement was conducted, including focus groups with residents and stakeholders, “pop up” engagement at local events, and a resident survey in which 1,300 Sacramento residents participated.


General Plan Update

During Phase I of Citywide outreach, housing production and affordable housing were emerging themes. When asked what they would like to see change in Sacramento, 21% of residents suggested more housing serving residents at all income levels, including those experiencing homelessness. Residents also noted disparities in housing access. Rating housing choice in Sacramento on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (good), only 7% of respondents picked 5 (good), while 47% rated housing choice as a 1 or 2.


Community Plan Area Outreach

During Phase II of the General plan Update, City staff will be conducting outreach to all ten of the City’s Community Plan Areas. This outreach will include information and requested feedback about the draft components of the Housing Element.


Internal Housing Working Group and Housing Policy Working Group

In 2019 and 2020, City staff established two housing-focused working groups. These working groups were established to vet and gather feedback on housing-related planning and policy projects on an ongoing basis.


The Internal Housing Working Group is comprised of approximately 16 staff from the following offices: Planning Division, Office of Innovation & Economic Development, Office of the City Manager, Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency, Office of the Mayor, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and City Council Representatives. City staff met with the Internal Housing Working Group on July 7 to request input on the existing housing element framework, goals, and policies.


The Housing Policy Working Group is comprised of approximately 40 individuals representing a wide range of perspectives, including City staff, real estate representatives, housing advocacy groups, housing developers, Planning and Design Commissioners, Property Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs), and local non-profits. City staff met with the Housing Policy Working Group on June 18th and August 20th to gather input on a variety of housing topics and potential policy actions.


Focus Groups

Based on input from the Internal Housing Working Group and Housing Policy Working Group, staff conducted two focus group meeting on August 4th, 2020. The two focus groups were convened to provide input on the topics of inclusionary housing and anti-displacement.


Sacramento Continuum of Care (CoC) Board

City staff presented draft policies and actions related to homelessness to the Sacramento Continuum of Care board on September 9th.


Stakeholder Interviews

City staff are engaging additional stakeholders on topics outside of the above-mentioned focus group topics.


Citywide Community Workshop

An online Citywide Community Workshop will be conducted in the fall to review and provide comments on the draft plan.


Commission and City Council Study Sessions

Study sessions will be conducted with various City commissions to gather feedback on the public review draft Housing Element.


previous housing element resources

staff Contacts

 Greta Soos, Assistant Planner

Community Development Department

300 Richards Blvd, 3rd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 808-2027