#Chicago announces $5M fund for people excluded from federal coronavirus relief act
The city of Chicago on Wednesday unveiled a $5 million fund for residents who Mayor #Lori_Lightfoot said were excluded from the federal coronavirus relief legislation known as the #CARES_Act, including residents living in the country without legal authorization.
Eligible residents will get a one-time check of $1,000, Lightfoot said. The fund is a partnership among the city, the Open Society Foundations and The Resurrection Project, officials said.
Officials said the fund is expected to start paying out later this month. People can apply through The Resurrection Project’s website, though the site did not yet have information on how or when that process would open.
“The money that the city of Chicago puts into our communities, we do that without regard to citizenship,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot said the fund also is aimed at college students living in poverty and residents who recently left prison.
Lightfoot signed an executive order in April that she said will ensure Chicago immigrants living in the country without legal permission receive all city benefits, opportunities and services, though the rule essentially reiterated existing law.
As mayor, Lightfoot has made a point of supporting immigrant communities, personally handing out “know your rights” flyers last summer when President Donald Trump first announced large-scale U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.
But she’s also faced criticism from activists who want her to do more, including a rewrite of the Welcoming City Ordinance to eliminate certain loopholes.
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