Policy and Research
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) conducts research and analysis of California's housing markets, identifies California's housing challenges, and develops policies that support housing and community development.
California is home to 12 percent of the nation’s population, but a disproportionate 22 percent of the nation’s homeless population.
Education on Policy
In addition to developing policy, HCD serves as an educator on policy, creating policy briefs, white papers, and special reports on housing and homelessness. HCD also serves as analyst on policy and legislation, informing the office of the governor, state legislators and their staff, state departments and agencies, local elected officials and government employees, developers, advocates, media, and the general public.