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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) has not yet begun the Homeowner's Assistance Fund (HAF) Program.  As soon as the program is open, the policies and application forms will be posted here.



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

The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority Student Rent Voucher Program provides rental assistance for income eligible Karuk Tribal Members while attending college or vocational school full-time (12 units). Assistance is based on the household’s total income, for a 10-month period (August-May), up to a school year maximum of $5,000, whichever comes first.

Students who do not meet the July 31 deadline, may still apply, and if eligible for assistance, may receive partial year assistance, beginning the first of the month following the date their application is deemed complete, with BOC approval, based on availability of remaining funds.

Click here to download the current Student Rent Voucher Program Policy


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. 

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


2023 Meeting Dates

NOTE: All meetings begin at 10am and rotate between the communities.

January 9 - Orleans

February 6 - Yreka

March 6 - Happy Camp

April 3 - Orleans

May 1 - Yreka

June 5 - Happy Camp

July 10 - Orleans

August 7 - Yreka

September 5 (Tuesday) - Happy Camp

October 2 - Orleans

November 6 - Yreka

December 11 - Happy Camp


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.




Kenneth Brink                                           Wilverna Reece                                    Deborah Whitman

Chairman                                                   Commissioner                                       Commissioner

Happy Camp                                              Orleans                                                  Yreka

Robert Super CRP                  Jody Waddell                       Blank person photo


Dolores Voyles                                    Charlene Naef                                          Arch Super

Commissioner                                    Secretary                                                  Council Housing Liaison

Happy Camp                                      Orleans                                                     Yreka

dvoyles          Blank person photo                Arch Super CRP

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