CHICAGO — Hundreds of thousands of Chicago residents excluded from federal stimulus aid amid the coronavirus pandemic will now be eligible for a new financial assistance program.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says federal relief efforts left many behind.
“People in our city are hurting. Our neighbors are hurting. We have an absolute solemn obligation to answer their calls and demands for resources and that is exactly what we will continue to do,” Lightfoot said.
Following a major donation by the Open Society Foundation, Lightfoot announced the “Chicago Resiliency Fund,” a $5 million fund to help those on the brink of financial ruin.
The nonprofit Resurrection Project in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will be tasked with overseeing the fund and getting emergency money to those most in need.
To be eligible for these funds, you must be an individual or a family who didn’t receive a stimulus check and you must be a Chicago resident, according to the Resurrection Project’s Raul Raymundo.
This also includes but is not limited to: undocumented individuals, mixed-status families, dependent adults and returning residents.
“Eligible households will receive a one time check of $1,000 to help struggling families pay their rents, their utility bills and stay in their home,” Raymundo said.
The Resurrection Project will start taking applications later this month at resurrectionproject.org/chicagofund.