Our Mission and What We Do
Promote safe, affordable homes and strong vibrant communities throughout California.
Every California resident can live, work, and play in healthy communities of opportunity.
What We Do
- Grants and Funding — By administering programs that provide grants and loans (from both state and federal housing programs), HCD creates rental and homeownership opportunities for Californians from all walks of life, including veterans, seniors, young families starting out, people with disabilities, farmworkers, and individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Over the last three decades, HCD has provided more than $3 billion of funding for the development of affordable housing and associated infrastructure, but HCD’s role does not end once the awards are made. Through long-term monitoring, HCD ensures the developments continue to provide safe and affordable homes, and that the homes remain well-maintained and financially sound.
- Mobilehome Registration — Similar to the way California's Department of Motor Vehicles manages titling and registration for automobiles, HCD manages the titling and registration for mobilehomes. HCD also protects families and individuals who live in mobilehomes by inspecting mobilehome parks for health and safety violations in areas where the local government has not assumed enforcement. HCD further protects consumers by enforcing regulations for those who build and sell manufactured homes.
- Building Standards — HCD protects the health and safety of Californians by enforcing standards for housing construction, maintenance of farmworker housing and manufactured/factory-built homes. HCD also proposes amendments to California's residential building standards for new construction to the California Building Standards Commission and helps train local government inspectors to better understand the new requirements. HCD creates specialized standards for CALGreen, the nation's first mandated green-building code.
- Planning and Community Development — As a basic human need, housing is one of the most important parts of any community, and how we plan for housing has wide reaching impacts on the environment, education, health, and the economy. HCD plays a critical role in the housing-planning process, which was designed to ensure that communities plan housing that meet the needs of everyone in California's communities. HCD works with each of the 538 regional governments to determine their housing needs, and then reviews every city and county's housing plan (the housing element of the general plan) to determine whether or not the plan complies with state law.
- Policy and Research — HCD develops policies that support housing and community development, and conducts research and analysis of California's housing markets and needs. HCD produces California's Statewide Housing Plan (required by state law), California's "Consolidated Plan" (required for California to receive millions of federal dollars for housing and community development), and other special reports.
HCD Annual Report
View all of HCD’s recent accomplishments and learn more about the department’s work in HCD’s 2018-19 Annual Report.