Your Chicago household may be eligible to receive $500 a month for twelve months under a new pilot program, and you can apply starting Monday.
The Chicago Resilient Community Pilot, a direct cash assistance program that will support 5,000 low-income Chicago households with $500 per month for 1 year “is a $31.5 million program to benefit residents and families of Chicago facing economic hardship caused by COVID-19,” reads a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office.
Applications for the program opened on Monday and will remain open for a period of three weeks. The households that will receive the cash assistance will be selected by lottery.
Here’s what to know, how to apply and how it works.
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. Depending on the city, for household size, you should count yourself, your spouse, and any other family members who depend on you for most of their expenses (for example: children, students, or family members). elderly, sick or disabled).
The pilot is open to all Chicago residents, regardless of your legal immigration status, the city says.
When do applications for the program open? What is the deadline to apply?
Confirmed eligible applicants will be able to enter a lottery, according to city officials.
The application process is currently open: it opened on April 25 at 9 a.m. and will close on May 13 at 11:59 p.m. Residents can apply at any time during this period.
Residents must apply by May 13 at 11:59 p.m. to be considered. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of May.
What does the application process look like? What documents do I need?
According to the City of Chicago, the app should take 20-30 minutes and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, Polish, and Filipino.
All entries must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for the lottery.
Applicants will be asked to submit identification documents, documents proving your identity, date of birth, current residence in Chicago, and total household income.
Here’s how to start the application process.
How to Get Help Applying for the Monthly Support Plan
You can register for an in-person or virtual information session on how to apply for the pilot here, or schedule an application support appointment at various locations here.
How does the lottery work?
According to city officials, all applications and documents will be reviewed for eligibility, and those confirmed eligible may enter a lottery.
Only one candidate per household can apply and be entered in the lottery.
A total of 5,000 households will be randomly selected to receive the funds. However, the. The lottery is, however, designed to prioritize those living in poverty (at or below 100% of the federal poverty level) and communities with pre-existing economic hardship depending on the city.
Does the $500 per month have to be used in a specific way?
Depending on the city, Participants can use the money as they see fit to meet their needs, except:
- To purchase or support anything that could harm the safety and security of project beneficiaries and/or other community members
- For fraud or corruption
- For the promotion of any criminal activity
- To support any entity or individual linked to terrorism
More information can be found on the city’s website.