Plans and Reports
HCD issues both federally and state-mandated plans and reports as well as other educational plans and reports designed to educate elected officials (including state legislators) and the general public. (You can view older plans and reports on the Plans & Reports Archive page.)
- California Statewide Housing Assessment (state mandated)
- HCD’s Annual Report (state mandated)
- HCD’s Annual CALGreen Report (state mandated)
- California Consolidated and Annual Plan (federally mandated)
- California Consolidated Plan
- California Annual Plan
- California’s Plan to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
- Affordable Housing Cost Study (PDF) (Issued by HCD, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.)
- Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas (PDF) (Prepared for HCD by the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)
Home is the foundation for life. It’s where we raise families, feel safe and secure, rest and recharge. Our options for where we live have far-reaching impacts in our lives – from our job opportunities to our physical and mental health, from our children's success in school to our environmental footprint.
California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities - Public Draft, provides in depth research into California’s far reaching housing challenges:
- Production averaged less than 80,000 new homes annually over the last 10 years, and ongoing production continues to fall far below the projected need of 180,000 additional homes annually.
- Lack of supply and rising costs are compounding growing inequality for younger Californians.
- One-third of renters pay more than 50% of income toward rent.
- Homeownership rates are at their lowest in California since the 1940s.
- California accounts for a disproportionate 22% of the nation’s homeless population.
- Continued sprawl will decrease affordability and quality of life while increasing combined housing and transportation costs on families.
In addition to analyzing housing needs and condition, California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities presents preliminary recommendations to address California’s housing challenges through a ten-year forward looking policy framework.
- View full, public draft (includes appendices).
- View main document only (does not include appendices).
- Appendix A – California’s Diverse Needs (PDF)
- Appendix B - Land Use Planning and Policy’s Influence on Housing Development (PDF)
- Exhibit B1 - State Land Use and Planning Laws Related to Housing Development (PDF)
- Exhibit B2 - 4th Cycle Housing Element RHNA Compared to Production (PDF)
- Exhibit B3 - Executive Summary from The White House Housing Development Toolkit (PDF)
- Appendix C – Housing and Community Development Production, Preservation and Financial Assistance Programs (PDF)
- Exhibit C1 - Major State Funded Housing and Community Development Programs (Current) (PDF)
- Exhibit C2 - State Housing and Development Program Outcomes 2003-2015 (PDF)
- Exhibit C3 - Major Federally Funded Housing Programs (Current) (PDF)
The final Statewide Housing Assessment is expected to be complete by summer 2017.
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- Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas (PDF)
- State of Housing in California: Affordability Worsens, Supply Problems Remain (2014) (PDF)
- Housing and Health (2013) (PDF)
- Housing and Family Economic Well-Being (2013) (PDF)
- Housing and Educational Attainment (2013) (PDF)
- Housing and Climate Change (2013) (PDF)
HCD's 2015-16 Annual Report highlights recent HCD accomplishments related to:
- State housing-funding programs created and administered by HCD.
- Federal housing programs administered by HCD.
- Manufactured and mobilehomes.
- State housing law and building codes.
- Housing planning and community development.
HCD's 2015-16 Annual Report also includes:
- Photos and brief descriptions of affordable homes made possible by HCD.
- Stories from Californians whose lives have improved by HCD's programs.
California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) — the nation's first state-mandated green-building code — has been in effect since January 1, 2011. CALGreen was created to improve public health, safety, and general welfare through enhanced design and construction of buildings using concepts that reduce negative impacts and promote principles that have a positive environmental impact and encourage sustainable construction practices.
CALGreen was created to address the five divisions of building construction:
- Planning and design.
- Energy efficiency.
- Water efficiency and conservation.
- Material conservation and resource efficiency.
- Environmental quality.
View the 2016 CALGreen Annual Report (PDF) to the California Legislature.
- California Consolidated Plan (2015-2020)
- State of California Annual Plan (2016-2017)
- California Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (2014-2015)
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
California’s Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan that examines the housing and community development needs of Californians and their communities and lays out how federal funds will be used to address these needs and improve the quality of life for Californians trying to make ends meet on modest to moderate incomes.
The Consolidated Plan, which is updated annually and submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), enables the State of California to administer funds from federal housing programs. The programs covered by the plan include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs (which are administered by HCD); the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program (which is administered by the California Department of Public Health); and the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program (which is administered by the California Department of Community Services and Development). The Consolidated Plan is applicable to jurisdictions that do not receive funding directly from HUD (aka "non-entitlement jurisdictions") and are eligible to compete for these funds as administered by the state.
- New! Draft Annual Action Plan (Fiscal Year 2017-18) - Announcement (English) (DOC), Announcement (Spanish) (DOC), and Draft Plan Update (PDF)
- 2016-2017 Annual Plan Update (PDF)
- Appendix B - Interested Parties Contact Lists (XLS)
- Public Notice (English) (DOC)
- Public Notice (Spanish) (DOC)
- 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan (PDF)
- Appendix B - Interested Parties Contact Lists (XLS)
- Appendix H - Public Comments (PDF)
Amendments to 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan
- CDBG Drought-Related Lateral Funding Amendment (PDF)
- CDBG Drought-Related Lateral Funding Amendment Comments (PDF)
- HOME Summary of 2015 Sales Price Waiver Requests (PDF)
- Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) Substantial Amendment to 2015-16 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
- Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) Substantial Amendment Comments (PDF)
Required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Annual Plan is part of California’s Consolidated Plan (below). The 2016-2017 Annual Plan lays out how California will administer approximately $87 million in new federal funds to improve the lives of Californians through the following programs:
- Community Development Block Grant
- Home Investment Partnerships
- Emergency Solutions Grant
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
- Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control programs
The 2016-17 Annual Plan is the second of five Annual Plan updates to California’s 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan (above).
For the first time ever, in 2016-2017 California will receive funding from the recently funded National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which will be administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Three documents — the National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan as well as “Substantial Amendments” to California’s Annual Plan and Consolidated Plan — lay out how California will administer approximately $10 million in new federal funds for 2016-2017.
- 2016-2017 Draft HTF Substantial Amendment to the Annual Plan and Allocation Plan (PDF)
- Public Notice (English) (PDF)
- Public Notice (Spanish) (PDF)
- Citizen Participation Rules (PDF)
Submitted annually to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) details California’s outcomes for the following federally funded programs administered by the state: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS (HOPWA), and Lead Based Paint Hazard Control (LHCP).
- New! 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) (DOC)
- 2014-15 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (DOC)
HUD'S Initiative on Regulatory Relief
Governmental and non-governmental applicants are eligible to receive up to two (2) additional points on the evaluation of their application if they are able to demonstrate successful efforts toward removing regulatory barriers to affordable housing. Learn more about HUD's Initiative on Regulatory Relief (PDF).
Qualified state agencies or departments applying for funding — as well as housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, and other qualified applicants applying for funds for projects located in unincorporated areas — are invited to answer the 15 questions in Part B to determine eligibility. Applicants can use the responses provided here (PDF) to answer the questions in Part B.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
HCD, as a recipient of federal Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds, must certify that it is affirmatively furthering fairness and equal opportunity in housing for individuals and groups protected by the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.
HCD must meet this obligation by performing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) as part of its consolidated planning process for housing and community development programs under the Code of Federal Regulations 24 Part 91. The AI is the state’s plan to affirmatively further fair housing and is used to identify barriers to fair housing and develop and implement strategies and actions to overcome these impediments.
The AI broadly analyzes actions and conditions that may restrict housing choice for people protected under State and federal fair housing laws. The AI not only identifies impediments to fair housing choice, but also makes recommendations to overcome the impediments and serves as the basis for fair housing planning, providing essential information to staff, policy makers, housing providers, lenders, and fair housing advocates, and garnering community support for fair housing efforts.
The AI presents a demographic profile for the state, regions, and counties, assessing the extent of housing needs among specific income groups and evaluating the availability of a range of housing choices for residents. The AI analyzes the conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person’s access to housing.
Extensive analysis is conducted on the implementation of the state-administered CDBG and HOME programs to analyze the allocation and distribution of CDBG and HOME program-funded housing activities.
- Fair Housing Trainings
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing — Complete Report (PDF)
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing — Sections
- Table of Contents (PDF)
- Executive Summary: Identified Impediments and Proposed Actions (PDF)
- Chapter 1 – Introduction, Purpose and Scope (PDF)
- Chapter 2 – Statewide, Regional, and County Analysis (PDF)
- Chapter 3 – Laws, Policies and State’s Role in Furthering Fair Housing (PDF)
- Chapter 4 – Conditions Impacting Fair Housing Choice (PDF)
- Chapter 5 – Housing Choice Voucher Program (PDF)
- Chapter 6 – Fair Housing Complaints (PDF)
- Chapter 7 – State CDBG-Eligible Jurisdictions: Access to Funding (PDF)
- Chapter 8 – Beneficiary Characteristics of State CDBG Program and Affordable Housing Stock Surveys (PDF)
- Chapter 9 – Beneficiary Characteristics of State HOME Program (PDF)
- Chapter 10 – Beneficiary Characteristics of State HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (PDF)
- Chapter 11 – Analysis of Minority And Lower-Income Concentration (PDF)
- Chapter 12 – Fair Housing Survey: Identification of Fair Housing Practices and Complaints (PDF)
- Chapter 13 – Fair Housing Survey: Summary of Key Findings (PDF)
- Chapter 14 – Model County Analysis (PDF)
- Statistical Appendix (XLS)
- Sources Cited (PDF)
- Summary of Public Comments Received and Response (PDF)
Affordable Housing Cost Study
The Affordable Housing Cost Study (2014) (PDF) provides an analysis of factors that influence the cost of building affordable apartments in California. It was issued by HCD, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.
Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas
Designing Affordability (2015) (PDF) features housing development case studies in high cost California communities on housing for low and moderate-income families that is possible with limited or no state or federal government subsidy. This housing is recent, built in the last decade, and primarily located in regions of California where housing and land prices have escalated, employment has increased, and the demand for housing is extremely high. The lessons offered by these case studies are not a blueprint for project-specific replication, but identify alternative approaches for housing households not typically served by public investment yet priced out of the competitive housing market. This document was prepared for HCD by the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.