Feb. 23 marks start of ABAG technical housing training series

The ABAG Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program is launching a 10-part training series for local planning and housing staff focused on Housing Element updates. 

Sessions will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m., beginning on Tuesday, February 23 and running through August.  All workshops in the series are eligible for American Planning Association Continuing Education Credits.

The training series identifies key Housing Element topics that local staff must start early in the process. Each training will be a live and interactive webinar, with geographically based break out groups and opportunities for questions and answers. 

The sessions will be recorded and made available for subsequent streaming as part of a Resource Library on the Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program website.

Click here to register for the first three webinars in the series:

  • February 23, 2021: Housing Element 101 - Overview and New Laws + Tips
  • March 9, 2021:  Creating Capacity: An Overview of the Sites Inventory
  • March 23, 2021: Using Data Effectively in Housing Element Updates – ABAG’s Housing Needs Data Packets and Accessing the US Census

In addition, you can register here for a special webinar with the California Department of Housing and Community Development: “Now that’s Progress” –  Annual Progress Report – review of changes with Q&A | March 2, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Future sessions include:

  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Nuts and Bolts with HCD
  • How to Talk About Housing: Data-Driven Lessons on Housing Messages that Work and Those that Backfire
  • New Elements: Safety and Environmental Justice – nuts and bolts technical breakdown
  • Engage How To! Introduction to Online Meeting Tools
  • How to do Integrated Planning: EJ and Safety Elements  *Co-hosted with California Office of Planning and Research
  • How to Work with Advocates
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Getting Conversational
  • HCD emerging topics - pro housing opportunities, and new legislation
  • Tips for Certifiable Success – Advice from the Pros * Co-hosted with HCD

ABAG is also partnering with HCD on additional sessions including:

  • Open office hours
  • Two trainings over the summer for Planning Commissioners & Elected officials
  • A special session on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)


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