Bonus new anti-poverty “stimulus test” update

CHICAGO residents have just 14 days left to sign up for a new anti-poverty stimulus program that will offer eligible applicants $500 a month for an entire year.

The innovative pilot program was announced by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.


Thousands of Chicagoans could be eligible to receive $500 a month for an entire yearCredit: Getty

The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot will provide 5,000 Chicago residents with $500 a month for an entire year to help them overcome poverty.

Chicagoans will be selected through an open application period and a citywide lottery.

The application period started on April 25 and will end at 11:59 p.m. on May 13.

There will be no restrictions on how recipients can spend the money.

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According to the City of Chicago, the app should take 20-30 minutes and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, and Filipino.

All entries must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for the lottery.

Applicants will be asked to submit identification documents, documents proving your identity, date of birth, current residence in Chicago, and total household income.


To be eligible for the program, residents must:

  • Living in the city of Chicago
  • Must be 18 or older
  • experienced economic difficulties related to Covid-19
  • Have a family income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (for example, $57,575 for a three-person household)

Only one candidate per household can apply.

All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of May.


The Chicago Moves program, proposed by Mayor Lightfoot, was approved by the Chicago City Council on April 27 and will provide $150 gas cards to thousands of Chicagoans.

A lottery will be held to give away the $12.5 million in transit and gas cards.

There are three ways to enter the lottery:

  • In line:
  • In person: At any Chicago Public Library location
  • To post: Send the completed form application for:
    • ATTN: Department of Finance: Chicago Moves
    • 121 N. Lasalle Street, Floor 7
    • Chicago, IL 60602

The lottery will take place from the second week of May to September.

The deadlines for the gas card lottery application will be May 3, June 3, July 3, August 3 and September 3.

The deadline for transport cards will be June 3.

Recipients will only be notified by email if they have been selected to receive a card.

Applicants who have chosen to collect their card in person will receive withdrawal instructions by email.

All applicants are required to provide a valid email address.

If you are not selected for the draw of the month, you will automatically be registered for the next one.

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Only one application will be accepted.

A helpline number for any questions is now open at (312) 742-3317.

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