BREA : Input Sought on Plan Offering Loans to Homeowners

Community input is being sought on the future of the city's housing rehabilitation loan program, which provides federal funds to local property owners for home repairs.

A meeting to solicit ideas, questions and comments from the public is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the conference center at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.

"We always want to see what the input from the community is," said Pat Stokes, a housing rehabilitation specialist for the city. "There might be a street that needs a lot of roofs, for instance. We do have a little flexibility, not a lot, and we want to know we're headed in the right direction."

Brea's housing rehabilitation program, which began in 1977, provides low- or deferred-interest loans on the basis of home equity and financial need. Loans typically range from $10,000 to $20,000, Stokes said, and are often used for roof and plumbing repairs, painting and similar projects.

"We can't go into frills," such as patios, Stokes said. "The program is mainly to preserve the housing stock within the city."

Additional information on the public input meeting or the loan program is available from Stokes at (714) 671-4461.

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