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.

The City of Arcata is currently unable to accept applications for the Home Ownership Program, due to a lack of funding.  We will update this page when funding is available.

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.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

UPDATE: As of 05-01-19 we are accepting new applicants for TBRA.  Please complete and submit a TBRA Pre-Application form to be added to the waitlist.  Forms are available on the TBRA page, or at the Community Development service counter.  

Substandard Housing

Do you rent a property that is substandard or uninhabitable?  Find out how the City may be able to assist you with our booklet Substandard Housing - A Guide for Renters.  Just click the link below.

Homeownership

The City of Arcata is currently unable to accept applications for the Home Ownership Program, due to a lack of funding.  We will update this page when funding is available.

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


Urgency Measure - Temporary Moratorium on Closure / Conversion of Mobilehome Parks

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 the City Council considered and adopted a moratorium on the closure or conversion of any mobilehome park within City limits.  This moratorium will be in place for 45 days.  The Council anticipates extending the moratorium for an additional 22 months, 15 days, at its June 5 meeting.  The purpose of the moratorium is to prevent closure of mobilehome parks while the City is developing regulations and zoning requirements for closure and conversion.

See the adopted ordinance.


Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance

A draft ordinance amending mobilehome park regulations pertaining to space rents stabilization is available for review.  

A stakeholders meeting was held Friday, November 16, 2018 at City Hall.  Click for a copy of the presentation made about Space Rent Stabilization Revisions to the ordinance.

Housing Projects

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