The Department of Family and Support Services in Chicago launched an emergency financial assistance with a fund worth $5 million. This subsidy intends to help survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) of Chicago announced the launch of the Emergency Financial Assistance for the survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Reportedly, the program has funds worth $5 million and is supplemented by an additional $1 million from the city’s budget in 2023.
An article in The Pavlovic Today states that the Emergency Financial Assistance intends to provide one-time payments worth $1,000 to more than 5,000 survivors in Chicago who were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the subsidy intends to cover the survivors’ expenses including housing, education, medical costs, childcare, and transportation.
Who will qualify for the Emergency Financial Assistance?
According to an article in ABC7 Chicago, to qualify for the Emergency Financial Assistance, an individual must earn an income at or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. For a household with three members, they must earn less than $74,580 per year.
Those survivors who live or have left behind a community that is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered a priority. However, in compliance with practices that deal with trauma, survivors will not be obliged to provide evidence of their survival. Nonetheless, they will be requested to self-attest or present an advocate or service provider.