City of Chicago COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grants

The City of Chicago recently announced a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program to assist Chicagoans who have lost their jobs or otherwise been impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The fund will award 2,000 individual grants in the amount of $1,000. Half of these grants will be awarded through a lottery system, while the other half will be distributed by non-profit community organizations across the city. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their economic impact by showing documentation such as a recent unemployment insurance claim or a notification of employment status change. They will also need proof that their household income was at or below 60 percent of the area median income (from $37,000 for a one person household to $53,000 for a family of four) prior to job loss or other economic impact.

Awards are expected to be awarded between early and mid-April. Awardees will receive funds via transfers to their banking institution, PayPal, or CashApp accounts. Delegate agencies are prepared to assist awardees who do not have immediate access to a computer or a bank account.

For more info, see the City of Chicago’s full press release.

To apply for a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant, fill out this form.