Applications for Chicago’s Resilient Communities Pilot Cash Assistance Program Open Monday for Low-Income Residents

CHICAGO (WLS) — Residents of Chicago will be able to apply for the city’s new basic income program starting Monday.

City estimates about 5,000 low-income households will benefit from Chicago Resilient Communities pilot program

The city expects the program to be one of the largest monthly cash assistance programs in the country, providing eligible families with $500 per month for 12 months to provide additional economic stability. To be eligible, residents must be:

-18 years or older
-Have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic
-Have a family income equal to or less than 250% of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, it’s less than $58,000. For a one-person household, the limit is $33,975 and for two people, it is $45,775.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be entered into a lottery. The city said people living in poverty and communities with pre-existing economic hardship will be prioritized.

“I remain committed to making an equitable recovery from the pandemic to stabilize and ensure the well-being of all residents,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot Project is a way for us to effectively support communities and households that have been hardest hit by the pandemic with dignity, as well as leverage our work to eradicate poverty. I am deeply proud to launch the largest cash assistance program of its kind in the nation as we continue to provide economic relief to residents and strengthen our city.”

The pilot program’s nonprofit administrator, GiveDirectly, will accept applications between 9 a.m. on Monday, April 25 and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

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