You Can Now Apply For Chicago’s $500 Monthly Cash Assistance Program

CHICAGO — Residents can now apply for the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, which will provide households with $500 per month.

Applications for the program opened Monday at 9 a.m. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on May 13. Eligible residents who apply at any time during this period will be entered into a lottery, with program participants chosen in May, according to a city press release.

Click here to access the application page.

Households selected to participate in the pilot project will receive $500 per month for one year, according to the city. There will be 5,000 low-income households in the pilot project.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be a resident of Chicago.
  • Applicants must be 18 or older.
  • Applicants must have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants must have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.

Only one candidate per household can be entered into the lottery, depending on the city. The program is intended to help people — especially low-income residents — with financial support as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information is available online. The program will be administered by GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization.

Interested residents can register online for program updates.

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