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Affordable Housing

COVID-19 Update

The governor issued a statewide order that halts evictions related to COVID-19 impacts through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.

Prior to that, on March 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20 authorizing local governments to provide relief from commercial and residential evictions through the end of May. Additional resources available to provide relief to tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 is available on this city webpage.

Affordable rental housing

In the City of Carlsbad there are many apartment buildings with affordable housing units to those who qualify as very low, low, moderate and upper income.

The city has 23 apartment buildings that offer affordable units to those who qualify.  Each complex manages its own application process and waiting list. Find these complexes and get information about how to be considered to rent a unit on this online map.

Affordable housing for sale

The city requires housing developers to set aside 15% of their units as affordable or pay into a fund the city uses to develop affordable housing. Buyers must be from low-income households and be able to show that they will not be paying more than 35% of their income on housing costs for their new home. There are currently no new units for sale.

Developer requirements

The City of Carlsbad has several programs designed to increase affordable housing opportunities for lower income households. The signature program is Carlsbad's mandatory inclusionary housing program. This program requires housing developers to provide 15% of their total units as affordable to low income households. Since this requirement was set forth by ordinance in 1993, the city has experienced the successful construction of over 2,000 units of housing affordable to low, very low and extremely low income households. Read more about this law in the City of Carlsbad Municipal Code section 21.85.


If you or someone you know is in need of immediate housing, please contact a member of the city's Homeless Outreach Team, who can assist with referrals to temporary shelters and other social services. The city has a Homeless Response Plan that provides resources, social workers and other support for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Related topics

Other housing assistance  
Housing Commission 
CDBG funding
Code Enforcement 
Mediation program / neighborhood conflict resolution 
Redevelopment / Successor agency
Census 2020
Regarding the Tenant Protection Act, please read this information.  You can also contact Legal Aid for further information.

Reports and documents

2019 Public Housing Authority Plan 
Administrative Plan for Section 8 Rental Assistance Program 
Public Housing 5 Year Plan (2015-2019) 
Utility Allowance
2020 Housing Income Limits

Contact information 

City of Carlsbad 
Housing Services 
760-434-2810 | 760-720-2037 fax 
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive 
Carlsbad, CA 92008

M - Th: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.