Just 3% of California cities will meet housing goals

LA was among those well behind on construction permitting, according to one analysis

California has generally been behind on housing production for years. (Photo Illustration by The Real Deal, Images via Getty)
California has generally been behind on housing production for years. (Photo Illustration by The Real Deal, Images via Getty)

 

Just 3 percent of California cities and counties are on track to meet housing goals set by the state.

Only 33 cities or counties out of 539 issued enough permits in 2019 — the most recent year with complete data — to meet their target, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Daily News.

The analysis is based on the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, a state study of housing production that takes into account the affordability of new housing permitted in each jurisdiction statewide.

The publication’s analysis graded cities on an A to F scale in each category of affordability. A jurisdiction received an F if it failed to issue permits to meet affordable housing goals, even if it issued permits for above-moderate-income housing.

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Nearly a third of all jurisdictions earned an F. Compared to 2018, more jurisdictions issued enough permits to earn a B grade and there were fewer F grades. The most recent analysis found that the average grade was C-minus.

The city of L.A. was among those well behind on permitting.

It issued permits for nearly three times as many above-moderate-income housing as needed per the RHNA. But it issued fewer than half as many permits for very low-, low- and moderate-income housing units as recommended.

California has generally been behind on housing production for years. Some jurisdictions won’t meet their housing goals for a very very very long time if the pace of production is maintained, according to one report.

[LADN] — Dennis Lynch