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Soon Chicago residents will be able to apply for $500 monthly payments and $150 gas cards

Chicago residents have just days until economic assistance applications open up.

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The program aims to help low-income families.


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The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot

The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot will give low income families $500 a month for an entire year. You can apply by clicking here. Applications open at 9am on April 25 and close on May 13. Additional information is available here.

In order to qualify, you must be a resident of the city of Chicago, be at least 18 years old, had economic difficulty from the pandemic, and have a household income less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot believes that cash assistance will significantly help people in the city who are living in poverty. There are no restrictions on how the funds are used once they have been received.

Chicago Moves

Chicago Moves is an initiative that will distribute $150 gas vouchers to qualified residents. This is intended to help deal with the rising gas prices.

Applicants must be a Chicago resident with a household income of less than 140% of the city’s Area Median Income.

The plan is to have gas cards distributed in five monthly waves. Each wave will have 10,000 residents and will begin in May.

In addition to the physical prepaid card, the city is helping with public transportation costs too. They plan to give or add a $50 value to 100,000 public transportation cards.

Of those cards, 75,000 will be issued based on geographic data. The focus will be on residents who live in low-income districts and frequently use the public transport system. The remaining 25,000 cards will be distributed citywide.

If it is approved by City Council, applications will open on April 27.


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