Applications re-open for COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance

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Applications open until December 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Information provided by the Cook County Board President’s Office

CHICAGO, Ill. (December 8, 2020) – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, Family Independence Initiative (FII) and other partners, announced an additional $7 million in funding to expand and re-open the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance program to help suburban Cook County residents experiencing financial insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

December is the 10th month of a national crisis that has continued to hit residents and businesses particularly hard, namely people who work in the restaurant, retail, entertainment, and arts industries.

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible for cash assistance through the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program, an applicant must reside in suburban Cook County, IL (residents in the City of Chicago are not eligible for this fund), meet income requirements based on household income prior to March 1, 2020, and have a negative financial impact during the COVID-19 pandemic due to job or wage losses, unpaid leave to care for vulnerable or infected relatives, unpaid sick leave, or loss of wages due to school closures.

Applicants that have already received funds through the program are ineligible to receive more funds.

The application, as well as information about income eligibility thresholds, acceptable documents for application, and FAQs is available here.