COVID-19 Chicago Housing Assistance Grant: Deadline April 1st

On March 27, 2020, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Housing (DOH) announced the creation of a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program to assist Chicagoans who have lost their jobs or otherwise been impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will award 2,000 individual grants in the amount of $1,000. 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. Chicago residents experiencing temporary financial hardships due to COVID-19 will be able to apply online via the DOH Online Intake Portal at and over the phone through community-based organizations.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their economic impact by showing documentation such as a recent unemployment insurance claim, a notification of employment status change, as well as proof of household income at or below 60 percent of the area median income—ranging from $37,000 for one person to $53,000 for a family of four—prior to job loss or other economic impact.

Applications will be taken only until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

To apply for the grant and access additional resources, go to the City of Chicago's website:

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