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.

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.


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

Check out this flyer for a Housing Humboldt home in the Plum Village Neighborhood in Arcata.  Gap financing is available from the City of Arcata.

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.

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.