Recent Accomplishments

HCD recognizes the tremendous need for affordable housing in California and considers the following recent accomplishments a positive step in the right direction.

Grants and Funding

Awarded 276 grants and loans totaling more than $1.2 billion projected to:

  • Preserve 4,747 housing units, subject to affordable rent or homeownership requirements.
  • Rehabilitate 671 substandard housing units.
  • Create 7,513 new housing units.

Learn more about the work HCD does on Grants and Funding.

Asset Management and Compliance

  • Oversaw nearly 1,110 affordable housing developments with a total loan balance of $2.1 billion, providing affordable homes and rental units to approximately 59,000 Californians.
  • Conducted 513 monitoring visits at HCD-funded properties.
  • Monitored and managed individual homeownership loans totaling approximately $54 million.
  • Developed financial workout arrangements, extensions, and modifications for 10 affordable rental housing developments that provide affordable homes to 260 households, avoiding approximately $8.8 million in potential loss of public investment and preserving greatly needed affordable housing.

Manufactured Homes and Mobilehomes

  • Waived $1.7 million in fees and taxes for mobilehome owners through the Register Your Mobilehome California program, providing housing stability and peace of mind to families throughout California.
  • Helped secure a $175,000 settlement for California mobilehome owners following fraudulent practices by a mobilehome dealer/salesperson.
  • Conducted 26,187 construction inspections and complaint investigations of mobilehome parks, mobilehomes, manufactured homes, and employee housing facilities.
  • Processed 348,872 applications to register and title mobilehomes, manufactured homes, and commercial modulars; complete title searches; and process other customer requests.

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Building Codes and Standards

  • Adopted permanent amendments to the California Building Code and California Residential Code, so local agencies have standards to create emergency housing or shelter ordinances and can safely house people during times of disasters and other emergencies.
  • Analyzed and approved six local emergency housing ordinances to ensure local governments adhere to minimum health and safety standards while utilizing innovative emergency housing strategies.
  • Reduced the time to document “progress inspections” by 87-92 percent by implementing a new system that allows mobilehome inspectors to approve inspections without writing an activity report. As a result, HCD is now saving hundreds of hours of staff time each year.

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Planning and Community Development

  • Reviewed (and found compliant) housing plans (“housing elements”) for 502 of 539 local jurisdictions required to submit housing elements.
  • Received Annual Progress Reports for 464 jurisdictions – an 86 percent submittal rate that surpassed the prior record for any calendar year. Developed and released guidelines for Streamlined Ministerial Approval Process. (SB 35, 2017 Housing Package)
  • Developed and released guidelines, technical assistance, and applications so local governments can apply for planning grants to accelerate housing production. (SB 2, 2017 Housing Package)
  • Implemented HCD’s new housing-accountability enforcement obligations, launching new webpage and posting public access to letters issued. Also issued 75 accountability/enforcement letters.
  • Provided technical assistance to 43 of California’s 58 counties to help address homelessness.
  • Expanded preservation efforts through outreach, data collection and pilots, and certifying qualifying entities.
  • Provided expert assistance on accessory dwelling units to local governments and homeowners, responding to 1,260 requests for technical assistance, posting 240 local ADU ordinances to HCD website, and hosting informational sessions throughout California.

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Policy and Research

  • On January 15, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-06-19 (EO) to make excess state-owned property available for affordable housing development. This EO requires that HCD coordinate with the Department of General Services (DGS) to develop two screening tools to evaluate parcels of excess land to determine the economic feasibility of development and to identify where housing is most needed throughout the state. HCD and DGS worked together to identify opportunities for affordable housing development on state-owned properties by applying these screening tools, developing a ground lease, preparing to issue a Request for Proposals, and collaborating with local governments.
  • Pursuant to AB 879 (2017), the Department was required to study and evaluate the reasonableness of local impact fees charged to new developments. To meet this mandate, HCD contracted the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California, Berkeley to prepare a study. Through outreach, case studies, interviews and various other methods, the study, titled “Residential Impact Fees in California,” provides an overview and analysis of impact fees in California and suggests many findings and recommendations related to fee transparency, fee structure, fee design process and alternative funding options.
  • Made possible by funding from HCD, the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at University of California, Berkeley launched a survey of planners across the state to learn more about local land use policy contexts in California, and in December 2019, the Terner Center released the California Land Use Data Set, the most up-to-date jurisdiction-level resource on policies that affect the production, location, and preservation of housing in the state. The data set includes survey responses from 252 cities and 19 unincorporated county areas, and touches on issues from how land is zoned for different uses to the process a project goes through to get approved to policies aimed at producing affordable housing. It will help citizens and policy makers alike understand how cities in California are approaching the use of their land, and with what effect on the quantity, accessibility, and affordability of their housing.
  • Provided technical assistance to 74 percent of California counties to enhance, develop, or improve the delivery of services for people experiencing homelessness, including the implementation of Housing First principles.

Learn more about the work HCD does on Policy and Research.