Chicago Releases Application Details for Resilient Communities Pilot Cash Assistance Program for Low-Income Residents

CHICAGO (WLS) — The City of Chicago is releasing new details about a program to help struggling low-income residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot will be one of the nation’s largest assistance programs. Five thousand households will receive $500 per month for 12 months.

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.

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,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “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 nonprofit pilot program administrator, GiveDirectly, will accept applications between 9 a.m. Monday, April 25 and 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 13.

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