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Chicago's Guaranteed Income Pilot Project to Start Accepting Applications

Published: April 22, 2022

The application portal for the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot project will open on Monday, April 25. The project, which will provide 5,000 Chicagoans $500 per month for 12 months, is an initiative of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City's Department of Family and Support Services that is aimed at combatting poverty and supporting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The project is one of 90 guaranteed-income programs being developed or launched across the United States and will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and local bond funding. In addition, the Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago will conduct research to understand the effect the money has on the participants' financial stability and overall well-being. 

For more information, eligibility guidelines, and additional resources, visit the project page on the City of Chicago's website.