Mayor Lightfoot Announces $9 Million Fund
financial need, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Families Forward Fund will provide emergency assistance to eligible students and families. The Fund, aimed at supporting families with educational and living expenses, will distribute more than $9 million in assistance before the end of the Fall 2021 semester.
further allow us to provide residents of all ages with the resources they need to thrive. After all, by nurturing the financial, physical and emotional wellbeing of our CPS families, we will be able to better set our students up for academic success—thus ensuring the future prosperity of our city.”
for STLS services for the 2021-22 school year are given a one-time $500 microgrant in the form of a check which will be made available for pick-up in the main office of the student’s school.
Payments will be made on a per student basis, so families with multiple eligible students may receive an equal number of grants.
these grants to students and families as the school year begins, the City and CPS aim to better equip students and their families to tackle financial challenges and enable reengagement with their schools and communities.
Development. “I am proud to stand by Mayor Lightfoot and Dr. Torres as they live up to their promise to keep equity as our North Star.”
Director of Children First Fund. “The challenges of the past year have highlighted the importance of providing flexible funding to our families who need it most, removing barriers to school and helping our students reengage with learning.”
providing supports to STLS Liaisons in schools to help connect families to wrap-around supports makes this program among the first of its kind in the U.S. These wrap-around supports include
additional mental health supports, tutoring, city services including housing supports as well as increasing awareness of general benefits provided to STLS students such as fee waivers, warm coats and educational supplies. The program’s design and processes incorporate findings from rigorous research on direct
cash transfer programs, chronic absence interventions, and roots of housing insecurity.
for the Homeless. “All Chicago families and students need housing and other resources to succeed in school. The direct payments to CPS families and students experiencing homelessness that are flexible will allow families and students to address a variety of unique and urgent needs.”
on how to better serve vulnerable families and youth in Chicago.
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