Chicago to give $5 million to undocumented immigrants ineligible for coronavirus stimulus

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This April 23, 2020, file photo shows President Donald J. Trump’s name printed on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the new coronavirus outbreak in San Antonio. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing the federal government over its denial of federal coronavirus relief payments to U.S. citizens who are married to immigrants without social security numbers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CHICAGO, Ill. (WGN) — Hundreds of thousands of Chicago residents excluded from federal stimulus aid amid the coronavirus pandemic will now be eligible for a new financial assistance program.

Up to $5 million will be available for those residents through the Chicago Resiliency Fund, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday in conjunction with The Resurrection Project and Open Society Foundations.

Those eligible include, but are not limited to, undocumented individuals, mixed-status families, dependent adults and returning residents.

“People in our city are hurting. Our neighbors are hurting. We have an absolute solemn obligation to answer their calls and demands for resources and that is exactly what we will continue to do,” Lightfoot said.

For more information on the Chicago Resiliency Fund, including updates on launch date, ways
to apply for assistance and ways to donate to the fund, go to


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