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Happy Camp Office
PO Box 1159
635 Jacobs Way
Happy Camp, CA 96039
(530) 493-1414         
(800) 250-5811
FAX (530) 493-1415

Yreka Office

1836 Apsuun
Yreka, CA 96097
FAX (530) 842-1646

Mission of the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority

The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority will acquire and maintain assets.  KTHA will strive to alleviate the acute shortage of decent, safe and sanitary dwellings for Native American persons of low and moderate income.  KTHA will promote and sustain the culture, education, language, health, welfare, self-sufficiency, and economic independence of its residents.  Affordable housing services shall include rental, home ownership, and model programs.


2021 Bureau of Indian Affairs Home Improvement Program

The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority (KTHA) is accepting applications for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Housing Improvement Program (HIP) until December 15, 2021. The Housing Improvement Program is a home: repair, renovation, replacement and new housing grant program, this is NOT the KTHA Home Replacement Program, it is a separate program with funding from the BIA.  KTHA administers projects when they are approved by BIA.

To be eligible for the HIP assistance: you must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or be an Alaska Native, live in an approved tribal service area, have an income that does not exceed 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Poverty Guidelines (in red below), current residence must be in substandard condition, as defined by the regulations and without other immediate resource(s) for housing assistance. 

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For more information on the Housing Improvement Program contact Samantha White, at the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority: (530) 493-1414 extension 3108 or via email smwhite@karuk.us  



The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority (KTHA) is happy to announce that funding has been received to provide an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) for the payment of rents and utilities, including past due amounts, to eligible households, who are experiencing financial hardships due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This has been a financially difficult time for all of us, and KTHA is happy to help families get back on their feet!

1. Must have at least one household member who is an Enrolled Karuk Tribal Member or Descendant, effective 10/15/2021, Non-Tribal Renters may also apply for assistance if they reside in Siskiyou or Humboldt County, however, preference will be given to Karuk applicants first);
2. Must be a Renter (similar assistance for homeowners will be available soon);
3. Must have one or more household members who qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic;
4. Must have one or more household members who are at risk of homelessness or housing instability (ex; past due utility or rent notice, eviction notice, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions); AND
5. Must have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Individual Income Limits for your County/State of residence: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html  

For More Information:  Contact Ashlee King at (530) 842-1644, Ext. 7003 or Email: ERAP@karuk.us

Applicants will be required to provide documentation of their Covid-19 Pandemic related financial hardship and other supporting information to determine eligibility before receiving assistance.

NEW - Click here to submit your application electronically using the ERAP Portal

Click here to download the ERAP Policy

Click here to download the ERAP Application

Click here to download the ERAP Supplemental Application, this is ONLY if you have previously received assistance from KTHA and are applying for additional suport.




Programs Offered 

The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority offers Low Income and Elder Rental Units in Yreka, Happy Camp, and Orleans to income eligible Tribal individuals and families.  KTHA also offers the following assistance to income eligible Karuk Tribal Members, residing in the KTHA Service Area (Siskiyou and Humboldt Counties): First-Time Homebuyer Loans, Down Payment Assistance Grants, Mortgage Relief Grants, Student Rent Vouchers, Elder Rent Vouchers, and Temporary Rent Vouchers, Home Replacement Grants, Home Rehabilitation & Weatherization Grants and Loans, and Home Improvement Loans. 

Click here to download the current KTHA Brochure


Application Processing

Samantha White, Admissions/Loan Specialist, receives and processes ALL applications for KTHA assistance.  We encourage Tribal Members who have any unmet housing needs to SUBMIT AN APPLICATION!  The income limits that determine eligibility are not as low as you may think; many working families are still at or below 80% of US Median Family Income Limits set by HUD.  Samantha can be reached at (800) 250-5811, Extension 3108 or smwhite@karuk.us 

Click here to download the current KTHA Application Packet

We remind all applicants that a current, complete, application is required in order to determine eligibility for KTHA assistance.  Please be patient as you go through the application process and understand that everyone’s experience will be unique.  There is a checklist on the application listing mandatory items that must be included; however additional documents will be requested depending on your individual circumstances.  All applicants will be notified if there is missing documentation, or if additional information is needed, in order to continue processing the application, as well as when the application is deemed complete.  Processing times are different depending on the program applied for due to the necessary documentation, research, and third party verifications required for each program.


Waiting List and Offers 

All offers for KTHA units are made from the Waiting List based on the preference points assigned.  Points cannot be assigned without appropriate documentation and verifications, which is why additional information will often be requested during the application process.  It is a requirement that applications are kept current, and updated at least annually.  Because most changes will have an effect on preference points, applicants MUST submit ALL changes using the Information Update Form.  Examples of information to report include but are not limited to: address and phone number changes, income changes, household size changes due to marriage, divorce, birth, death, or custody orders, employment status changes such as schedule changes, employer changes, becoming a full time student or changing an existing student class schedule, etc.

Click here to download the current KTHA Information Update Packet

Unfortunately, KTHA cannot tell applicants where they are at on the Waiting List other than that they are, or are not, in the Top Ten for an offer, should an appropriately sized unit become available.  Once an application is complete, and you have been added to the waiting list, the only thing you need to do is report changes that occur, and keep your information current.

We understand the frustration that applicants encounter with the length of time they have been on the waiting list without an offer and the best advice we can offer, is to focus their efforts during that time on actions that can result in raising the number of points they have.  Some examples are gaining, and maintaining, full or part time employment, enrolling in school as a full time student carrying 12 units, etc.

We encourage all applicants to ask questions.  We want to ensure you understand the process.  If it weren’t for you, we would not exist to provide this valuable service!  We continuously have over 600 households on our waiting list and look forward to the day when adequate funding is provided to serve all eligible households, but until that day arrives, we have to continue working within our funding constraints.


Student Rent Voucher Program

Click here to download the current Student Rent Voucher Program Application

Applications are due by July 31 each year to Samantha White, Admissions/Loan Specialist who can be reached at (800) 250-5811, extension 3108 or smwhite@karuk.us


Policies and Procedures of the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority

The link below will take you to a new page with the policies and procedures for the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority. 

KTHA Policies and Procedures

Disclosure:  The version of the policy on this website may not always be the most current as website updates may not always coincide with policy updates that have been approved but not yet uploaded.


Board Meetings

The Board of Commissioners meets twice each month, the meeting location rotates between the housing communities of Yreka, Happy Camp, and Orleans.  The Tenant Meeting, usually held the first Monday of each month, is open to the public.  The Director Meeting, is a closed meeting.  All meetings are currently closed to the public due to Covid-19. 

In accordance with Chapter 12 Grievance Procedures, prior to submitting a request to the BOC, ensure all Tenant Matters have been through all levels of appeal as outlined in this Flowchart.  Failure to do so, will result in your request being tabled or returned to staff for review.

To request to be added to the agenda, submit an Agenda Request to:

Sara Spence, Executive Director at sspence@karuk.us -or- Ann Escobar, Assistant Director/Operations Manager at aescobar@karuk.us -or- Adia Supahan, Executive Assistant at asupahan@karuk.us


2021 Meeting Dates

NOTE: All meetings are currently closed to the public due to Covid-19.

November 1, 10am

December 13, 10am


Board of Commissioners

In accordance with the Karuk Tribe's Housing Ordinance, the Board of Commissioners is comprised of seven Enrolled Karuk Tribal Members appointed by the Tribal Council, two of which shall be currently seated Tribal Council Members.


Robert Super, Chair               Joseph Waddell, Commissioner       Deborah Whitman, Commissioner

Yreka District                         Happy Camp District                        Yreka District 

Robert Super CRP          Jody Waddell                       Blank person photo



Dolores Voyles, Treasurer                Charlene Naef, Commissioner           Arch Super, Council Housing Liaison

Happy Camp District                        Orleans District                                  Yreka District

dvoyles          Blank person photo          Arch Super CRP


Sherile Grant, Commissioner

Yreka District

Sherile Grant





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