Chicago is offering $500 cash payments to eligible city residents under a new aid program and the deadline to apply for the current round of funding is fast approaching.
The one-time payments will be administered through a program called Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0, which the city announced earlier this year and said “is intended to provide cash assistance to Chicagoans who may have been left out of the COVID-19 stimulus.” .
“The fund is intended to support residents who have had difficulty accessing and qualifying for federal relief payments in 2020, including COVID-19 relief funds,” the city’s website says.
The current round of payments is for residents with adult dependents or those caring for adults.
Two organizations were responsible for receiving applications: The Association House Chicago and the Chinese Mutual Aid Foundation.
Eligible residents will need to submit an online application and recipients will be selected via lottery. Winners will be required to show proof of eligibility. Only one request per household is allowed.
More than 4,000 winners are expected to be selected, according to the city.
Applications must be submitted by Dec. 9, but a second window will open in late December for undocumented residents and domestic workers, the city said.
So, are you eligible for the current aid round? Here are the requirements:
- You reside in the city of Chicago AND
- You are 18 or older AND
- Your household income level is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
- You filed taxes in 2019 AND claimed a dependent 17 or older
To determine if your income meets the program threshold, here is an overview of how much you can earn based on the number of people in your household:
For those who have more than eight people in their home, add $4,720 for each person in the householdspecify the city.
Earlier this year, Chicago launched a monthly assistance program for low-income families, but this program is different from the current one-time payment option.
The series of anti-poverty initiatives were announced by the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in February. The mayor is seeking re-election next year.
More information and details on how to submit an online application can be found here.