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State law requires cities to update their housing element every five to seven years. Having a certified housing element maintains the City's eligibility for key infrastructure and housing funds from federal, state, and regional sources. This housing element focuses on housing needs for the period between January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2014 and served as a starting point for developing the housing goals and policies for the Envision San José 2040 General Plan

The City of San José Housing Element (2007-2014) was adopted by the City Council on June 16, 2009 and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on July 23, 2009. State certification indicates that the housing element is in compliance with state law, which maintains the city’s advantage in competing for regional and state grant funds for its housing programs. 

Adequate Sites Inventory
The Adequate Sites Inventory is a mapped inventory of parcels in San José which the City believes have the highest potential to be developed with housing during the 2007 to 2014 planning period. These sites include those zoned for a specific residential project, those designated for residential use in the former San José 2020 General Plan and in the respective community plans, and those anticipated in the Downtown Strategy 2000 or Vision North San José.

The specific purpose of the Adequate Sites Inventory is to demonstrate that San José has sufficient capacity to accommodate the housing units assigned to it in the 2007 to 2014 Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process. The sites listed are the result of a prescribed methodology, and are not intended to represent San José’s entire residential development capacity. Therefore, not every site capable of being developed with residential uses is listed in the Adequate Sites Inventory.

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Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) 
San José has been a leader in providing housing for a growing regional population. The former San José 2020 General Plan had capacity for approximately 60,000 new housing units. For 2007 to 2014, San José's Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City's share for providing housing for the Bay Area Region, was 34,721 new housing units. Of those 34,721 new housing units, 13,073 units should serve low, very-low, and extremely-low income households and 6,198 units should serve moderate-income households. The Housing Element addresses how the City can facilitate development of these new homes consistent with affordability requirements while planning for neighborhoods with parks, schools, and access to transportation, jobs, shopping, and other services.

San José Regional Housing Needs Allocation, January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2014
Income Category Income Range Number of Units

San José County
Above Moderate (Above MOD) Above 120% of AMI 15,450 25,886
Moderate (MOD) 81% - 120% of AMI 6,198 11,007
Low (LI) 51% - 80% of AMI 5,322 9,567
Very Low (VLI) 31% - 50% of AMI 3,875 6,939
Extremely Low (ELI) < 30% of AMI* 3,876 6,939
34,721 60,338

*AMI = Area median income: $105,500 for a family of four in Santa Clara County.

For more information about the City of San José Housing Element, please contact:
Jenny Nusbaum, Supervisor of Ordinance and Policy Team, at (408) 535-7872.

For questions about housing affordability requirements, please contact: 
Adam Marcus (San José Housing Department), at (408) 975-4451.