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Here’s who’s eligible to apply for Chicago’s $500-a-month assistance program – NBC Chicago

The City of Chicago will soon open applications for the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, a program that will pay 5,000 low-income households $500 per month for 12 months to provide additional economic resources and stability.

The program, which Chicago says is the nation’s largest monthly cash assistance program, will provide more than $31 million in assistance in the coming months, according to the city, and officials released the parameters of the program. program, and who will be eligible. to request it.

Here’s what we know:

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

To be eligible to participate in the lottery, residents must meet the following criteria:

-Be a resident of Chicago, 18 years of age or older

-Experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19

-Have a family income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (for example, $57,575 for a three-person household)

Only one resident per household is allowed to apply and participate in the lottery.

How will the participants be chosen?

The city says it will hold a lottery for all eligible interested participants who apply by the May 13 deadline. Priority will be given to those living at or below the federal poverty level, as well as residents who live in communities with “pre-existing economic hardship.”

When are applications open?

Applications will open from 9 a.m. on April 25 and close at 11:59 p.m. on May 13, city officials said.

Applications can be completed online, but support will be available via in-person appointments, online chat support and via telephone title from April 25.

Those interested in the application can visit the city’s Cash Pilot websitewhere they can sign up to receive in-person event updates and information.

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