Housing Division

A variety of housing opportunities in the city of Arcata is a primary goal of the City Council.  The Housing Division uses grant funding and program income to provide affordable housing opportunities, and collaborates with Planning Division staff to assist developers of affordable and market rate housing projects.

Housing programs offered may vary depending on whether grant funds are available at the time.  Current programs support the following:

  • A range of housing choices, including affordable housing for individuals and groups;
  • Infill development in vacant, brownfield, and underutilized land;
  • Creation of residential units on upper floors of businesses; 
  • Rental assistance for qualifying individuals

Most housing programs are open to applicants who meet State income qualification guidelines. Income limits are determined by the CA Department of Housing and Community Development.

If you are searching for affordable housing in Arcata, follow the link for a list of resources.

The Housing Division is also working on a Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance.


Click any Homeownership link for information, guidelines, and pre-application forms.

Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance

Click to view the Mobilehome Affordability Strategy Study, and Ordinance #1487 which is slated for the City Council's 11-01-17 Consent Calendar.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

PLEASE NOTE:  As of 11-01-17 we are no longer accepting waitlist applications for TBRA.  When funding becomes available we will resume accepting applications, and post a notice here.

Housing Projects

Click here to find out more about housing projects the City is involved with.  You can also find property management contact information.