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File #: RPT 21-098   
Section: Informational Report Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Homelessness-Housing Task Force
Agenda Date: 9/2/2021 Final action:
Subject: Overview of Upcoming Updates to the City of Hayward's Housing Element, Climate Action Plan, Environmental Justice and Safety Element and of Housing-Related Planning Grants
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Staff Report, 2. Attachment II Housing Element Illustrative Schedule
Related files: CONS 20-240, CONS 21-407
DATE: September 2, 2021

TO: Homelessness-Housing Task Force

FROM: Assistant City Manager

SUBJECT
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Overview of Upcoming Updates to the City of Hayward's Housing Element, Climate Action Plan, Environmental Justice and Safety Element and of Housing-Related Planning Grants
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Recommendation
That the Homelessness-Housing Task Force (HHTF) receives and reviews this staff report providing an overview of upcoming updates to the Housing Element, Climate Action Plan, Environmental Justice and Safety Element and of housing-related planning grants; and provides comments and suggestions to assist staff in developing an inclusive and far-reaching community outreach and engagement plan for these efforts.
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SUMMARY

This staff report provides an overview of the upcoming 2023-2031 Housing Element Update, which must be updated every eight years in conjunction with the State Department of Housing and Community Development's projections of housing needs at varying income levels throughout the State.

At its core, a Housing Element is an opportunity for a community conversation about how to address local housing challenges and find solutions. The Housing Element addresses a range of housing issues such as affordability, design, housing types, density and location, and establishes goals, policies and programs to address existing and projected housing needs. State law does not require that jurisdictions build or finance new housing, but they must plan for it by identifying of sufficient sites, analysis of housing development constraints, and identifying programs and policy that will address the community's needs. It is in the community's Housing Element that local governments make decisions about where safe, accessible, and diverse housing could be developed to offer a mix of housing opportunities for a variety of household incomes. The Housing Element must identify how the city will meet its share of the re...

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