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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does this fund exist?

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an independent, grassroots organization fighting to increase resources and affordable housing across Chicago and Illinois. We use our stories to advocate across City Hall and Springfield for permanent solutions to homelessness. During the pandemic, we recognized the need for short-term assistance for families impacted by homelessness and COVID-19. Due to our generous donors and grassroots leaders, we can offer these one-time grants.

2. Who can apply to this fund?

· Individuals or heads of households who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in Illinois. This includes people who are unsheltered, staying at a shelter, or living doubled-up with family or friends. Adults 18 years or older and unaccompanied youth 16 years or older are welcome to apply.

3. What do I need to apply?

· The completed application (no other materials are necessary).

4. How can I apply?

Individuals can complete the short application online or over the phone.

5. How much money will I receive?

If your application is accepted, you will receive a one-time grant of $500. Note that submission of your application is not a guarantee of funds.

6. When will I know if my application has been accepted or denied?

Applicants will be notified within 30 days.

7. Can I apply more than once?

Applicants should only apply once per application cycle. Please note that if you received a CCH mutual aid grant in the past year you are not eligible to receive funds again. If you have applied for the mutual aid grant in the past, but were not selected to receive funds, you are welcome to apply again.

8. What if my application is denied?

If your application has been denied, you are welcome to re-apply in the future.

9. How will I receive the funds?

Funds will be awarded in the form of paper checks. Under special circumstances, applicants may receive the funds in the form of a gift card. At this time, we cannot process funds electronically (PayPal, CashApp, Zelle, etc.)

10. How long will it take to receive my funds if my application is approved?

Once you have been notified of approval, you can expect the funds to be distributed within 60 days. Please have patience as we work to distribute funds to over 100 families across Illinois in addition to our ongoing organizational work to fight homelessness.

11. Who will be reviewing my application?

A committee of grassroots leaders with lived experiences of homelessness from the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless.

12. Is my information confidential?

Yes. The information you provide on the application will not be shared outside of the review committee or the organization.

13. How do you determine which applications are approved?

All applications will be randomized via lottery. The committee will then review applications to ensure that each application meets the eligibility requirements.

We are committed to having a simple, low-barrier program that’s easy to access by individuals in need.

If you have additional questions,

Email mutualaid@chicagohomeless.org