Effective today, October 7, 2020, the City of Vista will suspend acceptance of applications for the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.  If you submitted an application, and would like to check on the status, contact North County Lifeline by calling 760.509.3450.  If funding is still available once North County Lifeline has processed all applications already received, the program will begin accepting applications once again.  Please check this page for further updates.

The County of San Diego will continue to accept rental assistance applications through October 8, 2020. 


The City of Vista Homelessness Prevention Program and Rental Assistance programs are intended to maintain housing stability for low-income and extremely low-income Vista residents.  


To be eligible for the City of Vista Homelessness Prevention Program, individuals/families must:
  • Reside within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Vista.
  • Have a total household income that is less than 30% of the area median income (AMI) for their household size. ​​household_chart_1
  • Lack the resources needed to move to an emergency shelter or other suitable housing (as defined by program guidelines).
  • Households must fall within the HUD defined ‘At Risk of Homelessness’ thus demonstrating an inability to meet rental, utility, medical or emergency
    obligations through documenting a loss of income, emergency, and lack of assets available.
  • Does not have sufficient resources or support networks immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or another place defined in Category 1 of the “at risk of homelessness” definition; and meets one of the following conditions:
    • (a) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for assistance; or
    • (b) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship; or
    • (c) Has been notified that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for
      assistance; or
    • (d) Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost is not paid for by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals; or
    • (e) Lives in an Single Room Occupancy (SRO) or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons or lives in a larger housing unit in
      which there reside more than one and a half persons per room; or 
    • (f) Is exiting a publicly funded institution or system of care; or
    • Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the City of Vista Consolidated Plan
  • Have a current residential lease agreement if applying for rental assistance or
    utility agreements if applying for utility assistance.
Individuals/families will receive short-term financial support with rental, utility, unexpected emergency healthcare, and/or transportation expenses. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, property manager, utility provider, medical provider, or auto repair provider on behalf of the client. Clients will also participate in case
management focused on helping them to achieve stability and maintain it over the long-term. Case management goals will be client-centered and based on areas of need identified through a comprehensive assessment.

If receiving rental assistance through the Homelessness Assistance Program, individuals/families must:
  • Not be an immediate relative, through blood or marriage (i.e. child, parent, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle) of the property owner.
  • Not reside in a single owner-occupied residence in which the owner-occupant rents/leases a majority of the number of bedrooms or occupants of the unit.

To be eligible for the City of Vista COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program,households must demonstrate an inability to meet rent obligations through documenting a loss of income and lack of assets available. To qualify for rental assistance, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Household must have a documented substantial decrease in Household Income
    related to COVID-19
  • Reside within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Vista.
  • Have a current residential lease agreement.
  • Have been current with rent payments prior to March 16, 2020.
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) for their household size.household_chart_2
  • Be in otherwise good financial standing. 
  • Be in otherwise good standing with the terms of their lease.
  • Be able to show that they have made regular monthly payments on time prior to requesting the assistance. 
  • Have not received any other federal rental assistance or any CARES Act rental
    assistance funding since March 16, 2020.

Prior to the Release of funds, program must receive the following documents:
  • From the tenant:
  • From the Landlord:
    • Documentation of a current City of Vista Business License,
    • W-9 for the Landlord receiving rental payment,
    • Signed affidavit that the Landlord has not and will not receive payment for the same month(s) rent due for the same tenant from any other rental assistance, mortgage assistance or other CARES Act program.
    • Signed acknowledgement form for Protect Your Family from Lead in Your
      Home pamphlet
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