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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.



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;
2. Must be a Renter (future assistance for homeowners may be coming soon, check our website);
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.

Click here for the ERAP Policy:  Policy

Click here for the ERAP Application:  Application




Russell Attebery, Tribal Chairman
Karuk Tribe, 64236 Second Avenue, PO Box 1016
Happy Camp, California 96039, (530) 493-1600

This combined Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.

On or about September 16, 2021 the Karuk Tribe will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Indian Housing Block Grant funds under Title I of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), as amended, to undertake Activity 2020-16 Construction of Single-Family Homes, Orleans which will provide eight (8) safe and sanitary dwellings for low and very low income Native American Families. The project will include the demolition of existing buildings to allow for construction of the new rental units. The project will take place at 38030 Highway 96 in Orleans, California, Humboldt County. The total estimated cost of the project is $3,035,648.

The Tribe has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) available here: https://www.karuk.us/Orleans_RVPark_EA_8.26.21.pdf 

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority. All comments received by September 15, 2021 will be considered by the Karuk Tribe prior to submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.

The Karuk Tribe certifies to HUD that Russell Attebery, in his capacity as Tribal Chairman, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority to use Program funds.

HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the Karuk Tribe’s certification received by October 1, 2021 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Karuk Tribe; (b) the Karuk Tribe has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD at the Southwest Office of Native American Programs, 1 North Central Avenue, Suite 600, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Russell Attebery, Tribal Chairman, Karuk Tribe


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.


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 



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.

April 5, 10am

May 3, 10am

June 7, 10am

July 6 (Tuesday due to holiday), 10am

August 2, 10am

September 7 (Tuesday due to holiday), 10am

October 4, 10am

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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