People can get a $500 stimulus check, but the deadline is coming up fast!

Over 25,000 people in Illinois could get a $500 payment before Christmas. The goal of the new Resiliency Fund is to help people who are poor. Plus, residents who can’t get checks from the stimulus package or help from other programs.

The city will send the money using the $14.68 million it got from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Heartland Human Care Services is in charge of running the program. The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) of the City of Chicago hired the nonprofit to run it.

Who can apply and how to do it
To get the money, you must be at least 18 years old and live in Chicago. There are also requirements about income based on tax returns from 2019. It must have at least one dependent who is at least 17 years old.

Those who meet the requirements have until Friday, December 9 at 5 p.m. to apply online. Your income must be 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which is based on how many people live in your home and is shown below.

$40,770 for a single person.
$54,930 for a two-person home
$69,090 for a family of three
$83,250 for a family of four
$97,410 for a family of five
$111,570 for a family of six
$125,730 for a family of seven
$139,890 for a family of eight

The government said to add $4,720 for each person over eight.
If you need help, you can call 312-460-2564 or send an email to [email protected] After you send in your application, it will go through a process to see if it is good enough. Officials say that up to 25,500 residents could be eligible.

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