Affordable Housing In Brea
Orange County, California

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Brea

Birch Hills Apartments

255 Kraemer Circle
Brea, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Bonterra Apartments Homes

401 Discovery Lane
Brea, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Acacia Street Apartments

125-211 E Acacia St
Brea, California

Walnut Village Apartments

620 S Walnut Ave
Brea, California

Imperial Park Apartments

430 W Imperial Hwy
Brea, California
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Housing Authorities that serve Brea

Housing Authority Programs
Orange County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Brea, California

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 452 affordable apartments for rent in Brea, California.

Income Based Apartments in Brea, California

Brea features 0 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Brea, California

There are 452 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Brea.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Brea, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Brea landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Brea.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Brea, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,098 and $2,564.

2021 Brea, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Brea, California Fair Market Rent $1,678 $1,888 $2,331 $3,227 $3,716
Brea, California Payment Standard Range $1,510 to $1,846 $1,699 to $2,077 $2,098 to $2,564 $2,904 to $3,550 $3,344 to $4,088

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Brea, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 452
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 38.53%
Average Renter Household Size 2.66
Average Household Size 2.86
Median Household Income $83,717 ±$4,252
Median Rent $1,587 ±$58
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.64% ± 5.01pp
Total Population 40,931

Population and Household Demographics

Brea is a city in Orange County, California with a population of 40,931. There are 14,250 households in the city with an average household size of 2.86 persons. 38.53% of households in Brea are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Brea

The median gross income for households in Brea is $83,717 a year, or $6,976 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,587 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Brea, a household making less than $5,290 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.64% of households who rent are overburdened in Brea.

Area Median Income In Brea

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Brea, the AMI is calculated from all households within Orange County.

In Brea, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,700

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Brea

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Brea

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Brea AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,250 $32,300 $36,350 $40,350 $43,600 $46,850 $50,050 $53,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Brea AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,100 $53,800 $60,550 $67,250 $72,650 $78,050 $83,400 $88,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Brea AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$75,300 $86,050 $96,800 $107,550 $116,200 $124,800 $133,400 $142,000