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.