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Cook County Community Recovery Initiative: Cash and Utility Assistance

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance

The Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apply here. Applications accepted October 26 through November 6, 2020

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for cash assistance through the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program, you must reside in suburban Cook County, IL (residents in the City of Chicago are not eligible for this fund), meet income requirements based on household income prior to March 1, 2020, and have a negative financial impact during the COVID-19 pandemic due to job or wage losses, unpaid leave to care for vulnerable or infected relatives, unpaid sick leave, or loss of wages due to school closures.See income thresholds here.

You will need the following documents to apply:

  • One form of government issued identification that includes your current residential address or two alternative forms of identification.
  • Proof of your COVID-19 hardship due to unpaid leave, care for vulnerable or infected relatives, or loss of wages due to business or school closures.See acceptable documents here.
  • Proof of household income prior to March 1, 2020meeting eligibility requirements.
  • Bank information including account and routing number if you choose to direct deposit. You can typically find this ona check.

Please ensure you have all of the documentation with you before you click the apply button. You will not be able to save your progress once you begin.

Note: Completing the application does not guarantee that you will receive money. Cook County employees and their household members are ineligible to apply and receive funds.

Questions about your COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance application?

Visit and use the "live chat" feature.

Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Utility Bill Assistance

CEDA programs are available for eligible residents of Cook County to apply for utility payment relief. These utility programs are open to all residents of Cook County, both City of Chicago and suburbs. Go here to fill out an application for various CEDA programs and learn about eligibility.

If you or someone you love are in need of support, you can access programs to pay for your utility bills with our partners at (CEDA). They offer support through the following programs and on-line applications:

·Gas & Electric

To get ready to apply for gas and electric relief, you will need the following documents:

  • Copy of most recent heat and electric bills if you pay for your home energy directly. (Must provide entire bill)
  • Verbal proof of social security numbers of all household members. Hard copies of Social Security cards are not required at this time. For proof of Social Security or Supplement Security income benefits go to for an instant letter.
  • Applicants that have their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of rental agreement stating monthly rental amount, that utilities are included, and landlord contact information. (Rent costs must be greater than 30% of current household 30-day gross income.

Questions about your application?

Contact CEDA’s Call Center at (800) 571-2332.

Learn more about the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) by going here.

Thank you for all you do to serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Katie Spoden

Advocacy and Development Coordinator

?Cell: 708-240-9533 | Office: 708-236-3261 ext. 209

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County | 4415 Harrison Street, Suite 228, Hillside, IL 60162

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