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17,000 Chicagoans Could Get $500 Cash Payment Under City Program

Undocumented residents and domestic workers can now apply to get a one-time $500 payment if they didn't get a COVID-19 stimulus.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks on Sept. 22, 2022.
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CHICAGO — The city is opening another round of direct cash payouts.

Applications are open again for the Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0, which gives a financial boost to residents who didn’t get a COVID-19 stimulus, according to a city news release.

Another 17,000 Chicagoans can get one-time $500 payments through the program, according to the city.

Now eligible are domestic workers who have spent a year or more providing at-home services like housekeeping, child care, cooking and health care. The city will award 7,000 domestic workers.

Residents who didn’t get stimulus checks because they are undocumented are particularly encouraged to apply, officials said. The city will award 10,000 undocumented residents.

And funds are still available under an earlier round of the Resiliency Fund 2.0, which is offering direct payments to 4,000 caretakers of adults. This includes households that claimed dependents 17 years or older on their 2019 taxes, such as a college student living at home or a disabled relative.

The Resiliency Fund 2.0 is supported by the city’s Chicago Recovery Plan, a nearly $1.9 billion share of federal pandemic relief.

To qualify, applicants must live in Chicago, be 18 or older and have a household income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Applicants must provide their name, contact information, address and an ID. Those selected in a lottery system will be asked to submit additional proof of eligibility. No questions will be asked about citizenship or immigration status.

Local nonprofits Association House Chicago, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Heartland Human Care Services and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will help manage applications and organize outreach efforts about the pot of money, according to the city.

Applications are reviewed daily, and new batches of payments will be made monthly until funds run out, city spokesperson Alejandra Flores Rebollar said.

Income requirements:

Federal Poverty Guidelines
Household/Family Size300 percent federal poverty level
*For each additional member over eight, add $5,140

The first Resiliency Fund in 2020 gave $1,000 payouts to Chicagoans not included in stimulus check rollouts. The program was funded by large private donations.

Those who applied to the original Resiliency Fund are eligible again, a city spokesperson said.

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