Applications are now open for the $500 per month Chicago Assistance Program. Here’s how it works – NBC Chicago

Your family in Chicago may be eligible to receive $500 per month for twelve months as part of a new pilot program, and you can apply starting Monday.

The Chicago Resilient Community Pilot, a direct cash assistance program that will support 5,000 low-income Chicago families with $500 per month for one year, “is a $31.5 million program to benefit Chicagoans and families facing economic hardship caused by COVID-19,” Reads a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office.

Applications open for the program on MondayIt will remain open for three weeks. Families receiving cash assistance will be selected by lottery.

Here’s what to know, how to apply, and how it works.

Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the program, residents must:

  • Live in 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)

Only one applicant per household can apply. According to the city, for family size, you should count yourself, your spouse, and any other family members who are counting on you for most of their expenses (eg: children, students, elderly, sick or disabled family members).

The city says the pilot is open to all Chicagoans, regardless of your legal immigration status.

When does the application for the program open? What is the last date to apply?

Applicants whose eligibility has been confirmed will be able to enter the lottery, according to city officials.

The application process is currently open: it opened on April 25 at 9 a.m., and will close on May 13 at 11:59 p.m. Residents can apply at any time during that period.

Residents must apply no later than May 13 at 11:59 p.m. in order for their applications to be considered. All applicants will be informed of their status by the end of May.

What is the application process like? What documents do I need?

According to the City of Chicago, the application is expected to take 20-30 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, Polish and Filipino.

All applications must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for the lottery.

Requests will be requested Submit documents Which provides identification, documents proving your identity, date of birth, current residence in Chicago, and total household income.

Here’s how to start the application process.

How to get help applying for the Monthly Assistance Program

You can register for personal or virtual information sessions on how to apply for a pilot hereor make an appointment for help with applications at different locations here.

How does the lottery work?

According to city officials, all applications and documents will be reviewed to verify eligibility, and those whose eligibility has been confirmed will be able to enter the lottery.

Only one applicant per family can apply and enter the lottery.

In total, 5,000 families will be randomly selected to receive the funds. However, the. However, the lottery is designed to give priority to those living in poverty (at or less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level), and communities with pre-existing economic hardship according to the city.

Does $500 per month need to 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.