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CHICAGO RESILIENCY FUND UPDATE

The Chicago Resiliency Fund (CRF) is a cash assistance program to support Chicago residents who were excluded from federal stimulus aid in response to COVID-19. The fund provides $1,000 in cash assistance to eligible Chicagoans, which includes undocumented individuals, mixed-status families and dependent adults.

We used a computerized selection (lottery) process to select 2,000 households. We are currently processing lottery winner applications

Please see below for eligibility requirements.

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago Resiliency Fund Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Chicago Resiliency Fund program, you must:

  • NOT be eligible for a federal stimulus check because you were claimed as a dependent or used an ITIN to file taxes.
  • Be a resident of Chicago and provide proof of Chicago residency
  • Have a household income less than 300% of the poverty level and provide proof of income
  • You must be 18 years of age as of January 1, 2020
  • If you were claimed as a dependent because you are a young adult, your entire household must be a resident of Chicago and have a household income of less than 300% of the poverty level.

How can I apply?

If you entered and won the lottery, you should have been contacted by one of our 20 partner agencies. If you won the lottery, and have not been contacted, please email [email protected]

What documentation do I need to apply?

How long will it take to process my application?

  • Our goal is begin processing applications immediately after the lottery is completed. Processing times may vary depending on whether all necessary documents are provided.

What is 300% of the Poverty Level?

Household/ family size 300% 
1 $38,280 
2 $51,720 
3 $65,160 
4 $78,600 
5 $92,040 
6 $105,480 
7 $118,920 
8 $132,360 

How do I know if I was selected through the lottery?

  • We will be posting the selected pre-screening application numbers on Monday, July 27th. If your pre-screening application is chosen via lottery you will be notified by text and/or email by Friday, July 31st with further instruction.

If approved/accepted, how much will applicants receive?

  • Individuals whose applications are approved will receive $1,000 per household, only one check per household. Checks will be distributed by mail. Once you have been notified of approval, you can expect to receive your funds in 30 business days.

Will receiving these funds affect my family because of Public Charge?

  • No

I don’t have a bank account; Is there somewhere I can cash my check?

Yes, Second Federal / Self-Help Credit Union will cash checks at no cost to any check recipient.

Branch Locations:

  • Little Village
    • 3960 W. 26th Chicago, IL 60623
  • Archer Heights
    • 4800 S. Pulaski Rd. Chicago IL 60632
  • Cicero
    • 4811 W. Cermak Rd. Cicero, IL 60804

Does applying for the fund mean I will receive a check?

  • No, applications will be reviewed to assure applications are complete with all the required documentation before final approval.

How will I know if my full application was approved or denied?

  • The applicant will receive updates through text message.

Who are the community-based organizations that will be assisting in screening and determining eligibility for this fund?

  • Organizations who serve the target population, equitably distributed city-wide were invited to participate.

Will the information I provide be kept confidential?

  • Yes. The information you provide on the application will not be shared outside of partner organizations.

I applied for TRP’s Rapid Relief Fund. Can I apply to this Chicago Resiliency Fund program?

  • Yes, you may apply.   

How many people in my household can apply?

  • Only 1 application per household can apply.

I am a college student/young adult, do I qualify?

  • In order to qualify as a college student and therefore a dependent adult, your entire household needs to qualify, and you will be asked to submit proof that you do.

1. You will need to submit proof that you are claimed as a dependent (2018 or 2019 tax returns)
2. You and your family (your parents who claim you as a dependent) must be Chicago residents
3. You and your family (your parents who claim you as a dependent) must fall under 300% of the poverty level

I am a senior and my children claim me as a dependent and therefore did not receive a stimulus check, do I qualify?

  • In order to qualify as a dependent adult, you will be asked to submit proof that you are claimed as such and meet all other requirements (2018 or 2019 tax returns.)

I am an adult and do not file taxes, a member of my family claim me as a dependent and therefore did not receive a stimulus check, do I qualify?

  • In order to qualify as a dependent adult, you will be asked to submit proof that you are claimed as such and meet all other requirements (2018 or 2019 tax returns.)

I or someone in my household was approved for the COVID-19 Immigrant Family Support Project administered by ICIRR, do I qualify?

  • No, each household can only receive one form of assistance.

I am considered a foreign national and have a visa, do I qualify?

  • No

I have comments, question(s), feedback, where can I send?

You can send any comments, questions or feedback by email to [email protected].