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On Wednesday, June 10, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the Chicago Resiliency Fund. The goal of the $5 million fund is to provide cash assistance to Chicago families and residents that were excluded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, though the program is targeted towards undocumented immigrants, families with mixed immigration status, college students living in poverty, and people recently released from prison. Payments should begin going out later this month. Applications for the cash assistance can be filed through the Resurrection Project’s website.

The Chicago Resiliency Fund has been funded by private donations, including $1 million from the Open Society Foundations, and $4 million from an anonymous donor.  To learn more about the program or to donate, visit the Chicago Resiliency Fund website at

If you have questions about the Chicago Resiliency Fund, please contact Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Mark D. Belongia.