Homebuyer Assistance Program

Join the Waiting List

The city has in effect an Affordable Housing Ordinance, which requires most new residential developments to provide at least 10% of their units for sale at affordable below-market prices to qualified buyers. The city maintains a waiting list of applicants interested in this program. Completing and returning the Homebuyer Assistance Program application will place your name on the list for all affordable purchase opportunities, both current and future.

You will find answers here to frequently asked questions about the program.

It is important to note that affordability covenants are placed upon homes purchased through this program and if a program participant sells the affordable unit for a profit within 45 years, the city will be entitled to a portion of that profit.

Income Limits

Current income limits are listed in the chart below. You must include the income of all persons in the household who are 18 years of age or older.

Household Size
Maximum Allowable Gross Income*

*Income figures for Orange County effective 2018 as published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Figures are updated annually.

To be placed on the waiting list for all future affordable housing opportunities, you may complete an application. Applications are also available for pickup at the Economic Development Information Kiosk located on the 3rd floor of the Brea Civic and Cultural Center.

There are currently no homes available through the program. Should any new projects become available, information will be mailed to you at that time. City staff is unable to estimate when a property will become available.

County Assistance

If you are interested in the down payment assistance program offered by the Orange County Housing and Community Services Department, you may visit their website to learn more.