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How to Apply for Chicago’s $500 a Month Assistance Program – NBC Chicago

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.

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