Owner/Client:    City of Sacramento

Ascent led an effort to prepare a bold new housing strategy for the City of Sacramento. The 2021–2029 Housing Element update is a comprehensive statement by the City of its current and future housing needs and addresses new state law requirements. The project includes updating the sites inventory, developing a rezone strategy, and facilitating meetings with an external housing stakeholder working group. The Housing Element must demonstrate capacity to accommodate a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) of nearly 46,000 units—an 89 percent increase from the previous RHNA. The themes of equity, inclusion, and anti-displacement are woven throughout the element and reflected in a number of policies and programs. The Housing Element aims to ensure that Sacramento is an equitable and inclusive city by protecting and providing opportunities to those residents who are most vulnerable and by prioritizing community resources toward historically disadvantaged communities.