Recipients of the $500 per month cash assistance program in Chicago to be determined this month – NBC Chicago

5,000 low-income families in Chicago will soon find out if they are selected for monthly assistance from the Chicago Resilience Community Pilot, a $500 per month cash assistance program for twelve months intended to benefit individuals and families facing economic hardship caused by COVID.

Applications are open for the $31.5 million 3-week program, starting April 25. It closed at 11:59 p.m. on May 13.

According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, eligible applicants will be selected through a lottery “designed to give priority to families living in poverty and those living in communities with pre-existing economic hardship.”

In order to qualify for the program, applicants need to meet several requirements, including being 18 years of age or older and having family income less than or equal to 250% of the federal poverty line.

During the application period, the program received more than 176,000 applications from all 77 community areas in Chicago, with at least
Lightfoot’s office said in a press release that 300 applications were submitted from each ward.

The statement goes on to say that a preliminary analysis of applicant demographics shows that 64% of applicants live below the poverty line, and 40% live in extreme poverty. 68% of applicants identified as black or African American, 24% identified as Latino or Hispanic, 15% of applicants identified as white and 3% identified as Asian.

62% of requests identified as a parent or caregiver, 70% of requests identified as female and 9% indicated they were unsafe or homeless.

According to the mayor’s office, applications will be closely reviewed for eligibility. Eligibles will be placed in a lottery, where “5,000 families will be invited to register for the monthly cash assistance program.”

“Pending final verification, advice on benefits and successful registration, most families will receive their first payments at the end of June.”

All applicants will be notified of their status in the days following Memorial Day.

Here’s what else you need to know about the program

Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the program, residents must:

  • Live in the city of Chicago
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • faced economic difficulties associated with COVID-19
  • Have a household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level (exactly, $57,575 for a family of three)

Requests are limited to one per household.

How accurate is lottery work?

According to city officials, all applications will be closely reviewed.

From there, eligible applicants will be placed in a final selection lottery, in which 5,000 families will be “invited to enroll in the monthly cash assistance program,” according to a statement.

When do participants find out if they have been selected to receive the monthly assistance?

All 176,000+ applicants will be notified about their status in the days after Memorial Day weekend via email, text or phone, the mayor’s office says.

When will participants get their money?

According to a statement from the mayor’s office, most families will receive their first payments at the end of June. Trial participants who need additional support during the registration phase may receive a down payment at the end of July.

Should $500 a month be used in a specific way?

According to the city, participants can use the funds in whatever way they see fit to meet their needs, except for:

  • To purchase or support anything that would harm the safety and security of the project recipient and/or other community members
  • By fraud or corruption
  • To promote any criminal activities
  • To support any entities or individuals in relation to terrorism

more information It can be found on the city’s website.

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