How Can Tenants AND Landlords Do a Better Job of Meeting College Student Housing Challenges In Humboldt County? 

That was an overarching question organizers sought to address last Friday (Nov. 30) at a Town Hall discussion hosted by Humboldt State University and the City of Arcata.  Over 60 students, tenants, landlords and professional property managers showed up to help provide answers.

The event was designed to gather feedback on the tenant/landlord experience with a goal of improving the climate for property owners and renters in the community.  Humboldt State University Housing Liaison Chant’e Catt and three graduate students from HSU’s Masters of Social Work program will use the information gathered at the event as they create a landlord-tenant education program and work to increase equity in the local housing market.

Organizers also presented results from a survey of tenants and landlords.

Challenges highlighted by students included:

  • Lack of respect from landlords
  • Violations of tenant privacy
  • Poor communication from landlord
  • Substandard housing (mold, deferred maintenance, etc.)

Landlords expressed concerns over

  • Lack of respect for landlords and property
  • An unmet need for financial literacy and other life skills education

Learn more about the program by emailing Housingliaison@humboldt.edu or call 707-826-5509

See the Town Hall PowerPoint to learn more about Equity vs. Equality in Housing and get more tenant, landlord and community insights.

Read the Times Standard Article about the event

Equitable housing in Arcata discussed at town hall