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Housing Element

Planning to Meet Housing Needs
State law requires that every City and county in California adopt a housing element as part of its general plan. The purpose of the housing element is to ensure that local governments adequately plan to meet the housing needs of all people within the community - regardless of their income.

A community’s housing element establishes programs, policies, and land use strategies to meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Strategies may include ways to reduce barriers to housing development, minimize housing development costs, facilitate development of complete communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

City of San José Adopted Housing Element 2014-2023

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) certified the City's Housing Element for the 2014-23 Planning Period on April 30, 2015.

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City of San José Adopted Housing Element 2007-2014

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Additional information can be found on the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement.

For questions or comments, please contact the Policy and Planning Team at (408) 975-4451.