Department seeks donations for another round of funding to help residents stay in their homes
CHICAGO-The Department of Housing (DOH) today released the results of its initial COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program lottery, demonstrating the tremendous need generated across the City by the coronavirus pandemic – 83,000 applications through the City’s online portal.
The grant program to assist economically impacted Chicagoans with rent and mortgage payments received applications from all 50 wards and 77 community areas. The program, made possible by a partnership with Family Independence Initiative (FII), will award a total of 2,000, one-time grants in the amount of $1,000 to economically impacted Chicago residents regardless of citizenship status. Half of these grants will be awarded through a lottery system, while the other half will be distributed by non-profit community organizations across the city, helping the Department reach Chicagoans who may not have computer access, use banks or speak English.
Grants will be distributed later this week.
Given the incredible need demonstrated by the flood of applications, DOH, joined by Aldermen Roberto Maldonado (26), Jason C. Ervin (28) and Harry Osterman (48) is seeking more resources for a second round of funding and urges all who can to augment these efforts by donating to https://givetogethernow.org; under Location Preference select “Chicago Housing Fund.”
For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID-19 to 78015, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus.