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Each year Finance must collect housing unit change data from every city and county in California. These data form the basis for the housing estimates included in the Housing Unit Method used by Finance to produce annual population estimates for cities and counties. Finance is mandated to produce these population estimates by the Gann Initiative, passed in 1979 that is now part of the State constitution – Article XIIIB, and is chaptered in Section 2228 of the Revenue and Taxation code. This legislation mandates that all cities and counties must calculate an annual appropriations limit that includes a population change factor and an inflation index factor. These population estimates are also used to distribute state subvention funds to cities and counties.
 
To complete the Housing Survey make sure you access your own jurisdiction. Be aware that if your city has the same name as the county, select the city option and not "Balance of County," while county personnel should NOT select the city option, but select the "Balance of County" option. Only one person from each jurisdiction can access the form, and that person will be the only authorized person from that jurisdiction who can re-enter the form for any changes.
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To go to the Demographic Research Unit Website, please click on the link below:
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DOF April 2020 Parallel Housing Survey Announcement:
The Department of Finance will be conducting a second housing survey this year beginning on April 1st to coincide with the 2020 Decennial Census. The April 2020 Parallel Housing Survey (PHS) will cover housing changes from 1/1/2020-3/31/2020 and follow the format of the current housing survey. The PHS is used as a closing point for the 2010-2020 estimates period until the 2020 Decennial Census data is available. It is a comparative tool for us to use for each jurisdiction to make sure the 2020 Census capturing the vital housing information you are providing to DOF annually. Look for it in your inbox on April 1st!
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Version: 01/22/2020