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Applications for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Mutual Aid Fund are now closed. For this round, we were only able to accept 500 applications. If you submitted an application, you can expect to hear back on the status of your application within 30 days. Please note that submission of an application is NOT a guarantee of funding. All applications will be randomized via lottery and then reviewed for eligibility by a committee of grassroots leaders.

The Mutual Aid Fund will re-open at a later date. If you were not able to complete an application this time, you will have another opportunity.

If you are in need of help, visit this webpage for information on other resources around Chicago and Illinois.

To learn about and support our advocacy for more resources, text BCH to 313131. Bring Chicago Home is a campaign to bring permanent housing options to everyday Chicagoans experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Learn more here.

One-time emergency grants of $500 will be given to 200 individuals or families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes individuals or families who are living in shelters, living outside, or temporarily staying with family and friends. The application is short, low-barrier, and simple to access. 


  • Must be 18 years or older OR an unaccompanied youth 16 years or older,
  • An Illinois resident, and
  • 1) Facing homelessness or 2) currently at risk of becoming homeless due to an eviction notice or a domestic violence situation 

Undocumented individuals and permanent residents are welcome to apply. 

500 applications were accepted beginning July 1, 2021. Please note that submission of an application is NOT a guarantee of funding.  

Questions? Answers to frequently asked questions are available here. Email mutualaid@chicagohomeless.org with any additional questions.

How to donate: If you would like help support this mutual aid effort, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.