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 an interest list of applicants who wish to purchase a home in this program. Completing and returning the Homebuyer Program Application will place your name on the interest list for affordable units which may become available in the future.
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.
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.
Maximum Allowable Gross Income*
*Income figures for Orange County effective 2023 as published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Figures are updated annually.
To be placed on the interest list for all future affordable housing opportunities, you may complete an application. Applications are also available for pickup at the Housing Information Kiosk located on the 3rd floor of the Brea Civic and Cultural Center.
Frequently asked questions can be found in the application packet mentioned above.
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.