A pilot program that will provide 5,000 Chicago households with $500 a month for 12 months will open soon for lottery applications.
According to a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot “is a $31.5 million program to benefit Chicago residents and families facing economic hardship caused by COVID-19.”
Lightfoot adds that the pilot will be one of the nation’s largest monthly cash assistance programs.
Who is eligible for the program?
To be eligible for the program, residents must:
- Living in the city of Chicago
- Must be 18 or older
- Have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19
- Have a family income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (for exactly $57,575 for a three-person household)
Only one candidate per household can apply.
How to Apply for the Cash Assistance Program
Confirmed eligible applicants will be able to enter a lottery, according to city officials.
The application process opens April 25 at 9 a.m. and ends May 13 at 11:59 p.m., and residents can apply at any time during this time.
Application support will be available in person, via online chat and via a telephone hotline in multiple languages from April 25.
You can sign up for application process updates here.
How does the lottery work?
Confirmed eligible applicants will be able to enter a lottery, according to city officials. The lottery is designed to prioritize those living in poverty (at or below 100% of the federal poverty level) and communities with pre-existing economic hardship.
More information can be found on the city’s website.