UBI payments 2022: How to apply for $500 monthly payments in Chicago
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced several new anti-poverty programs last week, with one of them to provide a monthly $500 payment to a select group of low-income families. Called the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, this is a pilot scheme what will provide 5,000 participants with monthly checks for a year.
It is a unique stimulus program and one that lawmakers across the country will be watching closely, to see what the end results are and if Chicago decides to extend and expand it.
What is the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot?
“The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot is a $31.5 million dollar commitment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as part of her effort to tackle poverty and put residents at the center of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the City Council says.
This citywide lottery will see the lucky winners receive $500 per month for 12 months, with no strings attached.
Who can apply for the $500 checks of the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot?
There are a few conditions in terms of who is eligible to apply for this lottery, and only one application can be submitted per household. Furthermore, applicants must
- Live in Chicago
- Be at least 18 years old
- Show they have experienced economic hardship as a result of COVID-19
- Have an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $55,575 for a household of three
How do you apply for the $500 checks of the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot?
The application period opened on Monday April 25 and it’ll stay open until Friday, May 13. You can apply via the Chicago City Council’s official website, in the “Cash Pilot” section.
Then, it’s a matter of sitting back and waiting to see if you’ll be collecting a $500 stimulus check every month for a year.
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