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California Department of Housing and Community Development

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is a department within the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency that develops housing policy and building codes (i.e. the California Building Standards Code), regulates manufactured homes and mobilehome parks, and administers housing finance, economic development and community development programs.[1]

Department of Housing and Community Development
California Department of Housing and Community Development seal.png
Department overview
FormedSeptember 17, 1965; 53 years ago (1965-09-17)
HeadquartersSacramento, CA
Department executive
  • Ben Metcalf, Director
Parent DepartmentCalifornia Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

The HCD Housing Assistance Program (HAP) acts as the local housing authority for 12 rural counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Glenn, Inyo, Modoc, Mono, Sierra, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Tuolumne. One of the primary purposes of housing authorities is to manage Section 8 housing, but other activities include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlements and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding. The HCD has administered CDBG program for non-entitlement cities and counties (cities and counties under a specified population level that do not automatically receive CDBG funds directly from the federal government) since 1983, and administers HOME funding for cities and counties that do not receive HOME allocations directly from the federal government since the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.



The HCD was created on 17 September 1965.[2] The Zenovich–Moscone–Chacon Housing and Home Finance Act of 1975 permanently established and reorganized the HCD, as well as created the California Housing Finance Agency.[3] It inherited the housing portion of the Division of Immigration and Housing of the Californian Department of Industrial Relations.

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  1. ^ "Governor's Budget - 2240 Dept of Housing & Community Development". California Department of Finance. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ California Statutes of 1965 (Vol. 3), Chapter 1222, signed on 14 July 1965
  3. ^ California Statutes 1975 1st Ex. Sess. (Vol. 2), Ch. 1, pg. 3855

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