Regional Housing Needs


As part of the region's planning efforts, Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG) is working with local governments and stakeholders on the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA).

Kern COG must identify areas within the region sufficient to house an eleven-year projection of the regional housing need. Additionally, the RHNA must allocate housing units within the region consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and will be part of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

The 5th cycle regional housing needs assessment determination projection period is January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2023.  The 5th cycle Housing Element planning period is from December 31, 2015 through December 31, 2023.  In September 2014, the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) approved Kern COG’s RHNA Plan.



2014 RTP/SCS with RHNA Plan

The RHNA Plan is Appendix H of the 2014 RTP/SCS.  Download the final RHNA Plan here

Kern COG Regional Housing Data Report

Kern COG prepared the Kern Regional Housing Data Report which is a compilation of required data sets to help local jurisdictions prepare their housing element updates.  Download the final Housing Data Report here.



The California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Division of Housing Policy Development (HPD) conducted housing element workshops to assist in the preparation of the housing element of the general plan. Presentations from the Fall 2014 workshops may be downloaded:

Other housing element resources:

To view more housing element information or contact HPD, please visit their website.




2006-2013 Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan



If you have comments or questions regarding the Regional Housing Needs Plan, please contact Rochelle Invina.



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