Housing Element Programs

​Note: Individuals seeking financial assistance for housing should contact the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.​​

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Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Ordinance requires that developers of market rate, residential dwelling units pay a set fee, dedicate land, or comply with an existing Affordable Housing Plan. The fees that will be collected will be used to construct affordable housing units. Visit the Affordable Housing Ordinance Page for the adopted Affordable Housing Ordinance, Frequently Asked Questions, Affordable Housing Program Guidelines, and other related information. 

Housing Element of the General Plan

The Sacramento County Housing Element​ is a required element of the County's General Plan.  It analyzes existing and projected housing needs for all income groups as well as special needs populations and identifies programs to address those needs.  

The Housing Element is updated on an eight year cycle. The current Housing Element cycle is 2021-2029. The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors adopted the Housing Element on July 27, 2021. Additional information about the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update is available on the Housing Element Update webpage​.

Housing Incentive Programs

Affordable Housing Fee Deferral and Waiver. The County of Sacramento, Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD), Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD), and Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA) all offer deferrals and fee waivers to qualifying affordable housing projects. Applications and additional information are available on the Affordable Housing Fee Deferral and Waiver page.

The Housing Incentive Program (HIP). HIP provides density bonus incentives to multifamily developers who provide units for individuals with special needs.  New developments of at least 5 housing units in areas zoned RD-20 and above or commercial within the unincorporated County may be eligible for a density bonus of up to 15% and a waiver of one multifamily development standard! See the HIP Brochure​ for more details. To take advantage of the program, please submit the Request for a Waiver of Development Standards via Density Bonus supplemental form along with your project application. Find both forms on the Planning and Application Review Forms page

Other Density Bonus Programs. The State Density Bonus Program provides incentives for the production of housing for very low, low, and moderate income housing in accordance with state law. The County of Sacramento also offers density bonuses for preservation of environmentally sensitive features, energy conservation design, or proximity to transit. More information on all density bonus programs are available in Chapter 6 of the Sacramento County Zoning Code.

Funds Administered by SHRA. SHRA combines local funds collected through the Affordable Housing Ordinance and the Very Low Income Housing Fund with other state and federal funds and administers them through a competitive process. Visit the SHRA Developer Resources page for additional information, including funding availability and application schedules.

Fair Housing

Sacramento County partners with several service providers and jurisdictions to provide landlord-tenant dispute and fair housing services. This regional resource is called the Renters Helpline. For more information about Fair Housing laws, visit the Fair​ H​o​using page. If you think that you are experiencing housing discrimination, visit the Renters Helpline page or call the Renters Helpline at (916) 389-7877.

Universal Design strives to produce dwellings that are accessible for all people regardless of race, age, sex, culture, gender, weight and ability.  Universal design avoids using special assistive technology, and instead employs design features and consumer products that are easy to use and widely acceptable. Developers who implement Universal Design features in projects within the county may be eligible for density bonuses. View the brochure on universal design​ for more information.​

Senate Bill 9 (SB-9)

​​California Senate Bill 9 (California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency [HOME] Act) (SB-9), effective January 1, 2022, mandates a local jurisidiction, such as Sacramento County, to ministerially approve two types of project, if specific objective criteria are met. The two types of projects are:

  • ​A subdivision of one lot into two resultant lots in a single-family residential zone (referred to as an Urban Lot Split); and 
  • A Second Residential Unit in a single-family residential zone.

Other Housing Related Information

Emergency Repair Program/Accessibility Modifications (ERP-A). The ERP​-A Program is designed to provide grants for emergency/health and safety repairs to owners of single family homes or mobile homes in the City and County of Sacramento. This program is administered by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

SMUD Residential Rebates. SMUD offers a variety of rebates to encourage homeowners to reduce their energy use. For information, visit SMUD's Rebates and Savings page.

Inventory of Vacant Parcels Available for Affordable Housing, Office of Planning and Environmental Review, 2020.​​