CHICAGO — A new city program will offer direct financial aid to gun violence survivors and families of victims.
The Emergency Supplemental Victims’ fund has put aside $275,000 to “ease the financial burden and trauma” of Chicagoans directly impacted by gun violence, according to a news release.
Chicagoans who lost a family member to gun violence can get $1,500 to cover funeral or burial costs. Victims who suffer a gun injury can get $1,000, according to the news release.
Both families and victims are eligible for up to $1,000 in relocation costs, according to the release.
Victims can apply for aid as long as police confirm they are not suspected in having committed the crime, according to the news release.
Funds will be organized and distributed by local survivor advocacy groups, including Centers for New Horizons, Inc., Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Inc., the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and Universal Family Connection, Inc., according to the news release.
To apply, people can call the organization working in their neighborhood. An advocate will connect them to an application, city spokesperson Alejandra Flores Rebollar said.
- East Garfield Park: Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Inc., 773-722-1144
- West Garfield Park and New City: Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, 773-417-7421
- Englewood: Universal Family Connection, Inc., 773-881-1711
- West Englewood: Centers for New Horizons, Inc., 773-373-5700
Applications will be reviewed within seven days, Rebollar said. If approved, money will come directly from the organization within 14 days, Rebollar said. More information is available here.
The city plans to commission an academic study on the pilot program, according to the release.
A state law also designed to provide financial support to families affected by gun violence is scheduled to go into effect in July.
The Mychal Moultry Jr. Funeral and Burial Assistance Act allows the state to pay up to $10,000 for funeral and burial expenses for low-income families that lost children 17 and younger to gun violence. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill in May.
If a family’s income falls below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, they can apply for state assistance to receive the funding.
The law is named in honor of Mychal Moultry Jr., a 4-year-old boy shot and killed in a Woodlawn home in 2021 while getting his hair braided.
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