Pilot program to pay low-income families $500 a month in Chicago – NBC Chicago

The City of Chicago has announced a series of new anti-poverty initiatives, including one that will provide thousands of low-income families with a $500 per month allowance.

This program, known as the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, will launch this year as one of the nation’s largest monthly relief programs, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a news release.

The program will support 5,000 low-income households with a $500 per month stipend, with participating households receiving the checks for 12 months.

“Three years ago we came up with the idea of ​​a citywide cash pilot, and now 5,000 Chicagoans will soon be receiving $500 monthly checks,” said Harish Patel, Director of Economic Security for Illinois. “For these families, this will be a year of relief.”

According to city officials, the pilot program will require participants to register for a lottery to participate.

Participants must:

-Living in the city of Chicago

– Be 18 years of age or older

-Experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19

-Have a family income equal to or less than 250% of the federal poverty level ($57,575 for a three-person household).

Lottery applications will open in April, but residents can sign up to receive notifications on the city’s Cash Pilot website.

In addition to the monthly checks, two other cash assistance programs were announced, including a $4.8 million Domestic Workers Relief Fund that will distribute one-time amounts of $500 to applicants, and a Resilience Fund. of Chicago of $10.7 million that will provide relief to those who have been left out. past federal stimulus payments.

The three programs are expected to benefit more than 30,000 Chicagoans.

More information about the three programs can be found on the city’s website.

NBC Chicago

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