General Plan Housing Element Update

Revised: April 9, 2021

The City of Santa Ana is in the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for the eight-year planning period of 2021-2029. The updated element will build on the effective goals, policies, and programs of the existing Housing Element (2014-2021), supplemented by new data and aligned with the City's goals and vision. 

What is a Housing Element?

State law requires the Housing Element be updated every eight years to remain relevant and reflective of the community's changing housing needs. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies the statewide housing need, and this need is then allocated to each California city or local jurisdiction through a Regional Housing Needs Assessment or "RHNA." Essentially, a RHNA allocation is the total number of housing units a city must plan to accommodate over the next eight years. The Housing Element is required to identify potential sites and provide policies and programs that will facilitate the production of housing. Additional information about RHNA can be found here and here

For 2021-2029, Santa Ana's RHNA allocation is 3,095 housing units with the following income breakdown: 

Income Level Category (AMI=Area Median Income) Number of Housing Units Percent of Total
Very Low (< 50% of AMI) 586 18.9%
Low  (50% to 80% of AMI) 362 11.7%
Moderate (80% to 120% of AMI) 523 16.9%
Above Moderate (> 120% of AMI) 1,624 52.5%
Total: 3,095 100%

Orange County's current AMI (Average Median Income) for a family of four is $103,000. 

The following videos were created in collaboration with the Orange County Council of Governments to help the public learn about housing-related topics.

Get Involved and Stay in Touch

Housing Element Update Roundtables are being planned for late May/June 2021 to discuss housing topics important to the Santa Ana community. In the meantime, you are also invited to share your ideas, ask questions, or sign up to receive future updates by sending an e-mail to or calling (714) 667-2781

Resources and Documents

City of Santa Ana Annual General Plan Housing Progress Report (2020)

City of Santa Ana Current General Plan

City of Santa Ana comprehensive General Plan Update

City of Santa Ana Current Housing Element

SCAG Local Housing Data for City of Santa Ana, April 2021

Local Housing Solutions Santa Ana Housing Needs Assessment Report, May 19, 2021