HCD Announcement
Minimum 2.5 million homes needed;
Statewide Housing Plan sets path forward, tracks progress and outcomes

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a new Statewide Housing Plan (plan), a statutorily required report updated every four years to outline housing challenges and strategies to address them over the next 10 years. The updated plan sets a bold path forward to meet California’s required goal of adding at least 2.5 million homes over roughly eight years, with no less than 1 million of those homes targeted for lower-income households. This represents the cumulative number of homes that cities and counties across California must zone for through 2030 by law and is more than double the housing planned for in the last eight-year housing needs cycle.

This new digital plan lays out a vision to ensure every Californian has a safe, stable, and affordable home. The plan seeks to help everyone, ranging from renters to legislators, understand the historic contributors to the state’s current housing crisis and how the state will solve it. It leverages digital tools to produce a dynamic, “living” plan with interactive features that will be updated as new data and research become available to track the state’s progress toward housing goals and keep Californians informed of progress.

California’s housing crisis, exacerbated by extreme supply and demand challenges, has resulted in decades of soaring housing and rental costs. Housing prices in California continue to climb. In August 2021, the statewide median sales price of a single-family home reached a new record – $827,940.
Included in the plan is a 10-year Data Strategy and a Housing Data Dashboard. The Data Strategy recognizes that the state cannot achieve its Statewide Housing Plan objectives or track its shared progress without better housing data. It lays out goals and data priorities to help target anti-displacement and homelessness prevention resources, preserve existing affordable housing, remove barriers to development, and support land use policies that promote housing for all Californians. The Data Dashboard provides users with detailed data on housing conditions and costs, households and their housing needs, and housing production at the state, county, and regional level – making the latest housing data available in an intuitive interface.
For more information and to access the Statewide Housing Plan, please visit:

Background: To create the Statewide Housing Plan, the California Department of Housing and Community Development engaged the public through a variety of approaches, including seven separate listening sessions and additional public surveys. Staff consulted with state and national experts in housing policy and development ranging from academics to practitioners, and worked with other state agencies, to help shape the final plan.
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