Cook County Resident Cash Assistance Program

Updated: Dec 7, 2020


UPDATE 12/7/2020: 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 has been secured. Applications for this program have reopened and are due by Friday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m.


Cook County is partnering with the Family Independence Initiative to launch the COVID-19 Recovery: Cash Assistance Program. Applications are open through November 6, 2020. The 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. 


Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be a resident of suburban Cook County. Residents of the City of Chicago are not eligible for this fund. 

  • One form of government-issued identification that includes your current residential address or two alternative forms of identification.

  • Proof of your COVID-19 hardship due to unpaid leave, care for vulnerable or infected relatives, or loss of wages due to business or school closures. See acceptable documents here.

  • Proof of household income meeting eligibility requirements. A list of acceptable documents can be found here.

  • Bank information including account and routing number if you choose to direct deposit. You can typically find this on a check. Other options include CashApp, PayPal, Chime or pre-paid card. 

Apply today!