Cook County’s guaranteed income program to open applications this fall, aims to become permanent after 2-year trial run

Cook County’s guaranteed income program to open applications this fall, aims to become permanent after 2-year trial run

Applications for Cook County’s $42 million direct cash assistance program will open this fall, officials said Wednesday while outlining new details on the initiative they say they plan to make permanent.

Touted as one of the nation’s largest guaranteed income programs, Cook County plans to give $500 monthly payments to 3,250 residents for two years with the help of its federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Both city and suburban county residents can sign up here for updates on applications opening later this year.

In a news conference rolling out the specifics, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sought to preempt […]

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