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New Fund To Provide $1,000 Grants For Pilsen, Chinatown Residents Struggling During Pandemic

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council launched the 25th Ward Family Emergency Fund this week to help residents impacted by coronavirus pay their bills.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) and State Rep. Theresa Mah speak at a press conference on Feb. 10, 2020.
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PILSEN — Elected officials and a neighborhood group are coming together to raise money for people in Pilsen, Chinatown and other parts of the 25th Ward who have been hit hard by coronavirus job losses.

On Monday, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council launched the 25th Ward Family Emergency Fund. The initiative aims to raise $100,000 to help 25th ward residents impacted by the pandemic. 

The fund will provide $1,000 to impacted families and individuals for rent, groceries, transportation and utilities, according to the alderman’s office.

Sigcho-Lopez said he contributed his $1,200 stimulus check toward the fund.

The 25th ward includes Pilsen, Chinatown, the ABLA Homes, McKinley Park and the West Loop.

The grants will be available starting Friday. Residents can apply here or call (773) 523-4100 to make an appointment to apply in person. Applicants must provide proof of hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sigcho-Lopez is working with State Sen. Tony Muñoz, State Rep. Theresa Mah and Cook Commissioner Alma Anaya to raise money for the emergency fund. 

Individuals looking to make a tax-deductible donation can do so here or by contacting the 25th Ward Office at (773) 523-4100.

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