Housing Division

Housing Programs

A variety of housing opportunities in the city of Arcata is a primary goal of the City Council. The Housing Division has been successful in applying for and obtaining grant funding to provide affordable housing opportunities in Arcata. The Housing Division also collaborates with the Planning Division to assist developers of affordable and market rate housing projects.

Housing programs offered vary depending on grant funds that 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; 

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.

Affordable Housing in Arcata

Click here for a list of Affordable Housing resources in Arcata.

  1.  Tenant Protection Programs
  2. Homebuyers Assistance
  3. Mobilehome Parks
  4. Housing Projects
  5. Housing Element
  6. Substandard Housing


COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act

The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act – SB91 (Act) was signed into law January 29, 2021. The Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants and establishes the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Eviction Moratorium Extended

The Act extends tenant protections included in the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (AB 3088) to June 30, 2021. These protections were originally set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Act includes the same eligibility and program rules as before including:

  • Prevents evictions for nonpayment of rent by tenants experiencing a COVID-19 hardship.
  • Available to any tenant who timely attests under penalty of perjury that he/she has not been able to pay full rent due to COVID-19-related circumstances.
  • If a tenant pays at least 25 percent of his/her rent owed between September 2020 and June 2021, they are permanently protected from eviction for not paying their full rent during this period; however they will still owe their landlord all unpaid rent.
  • Landlords may still proceed with certain other types of “just cause” evictions unrelated to a tenant’s failure to pay rent.

For more information, visit the State of California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency website at  https://www.bcsh.ca.gov/covidrelief/.

City of Arcata Temporary Restrictions on Evictions Due to Non-Payment of Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency

Questions about the City of Arcata's temporary restrictions on tenant evictions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at CityMgr@CityofArcata.org or #707-822-5953.