CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of people in flood-affected areas lined up outside a North Side state assistance agency on Wednesday to apply for food assistance.
The Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Center, 4105 West Chicago Ave., began taking applicants on Monday.
When word spread that all that was required to qualify for up to $370 per family in state food assistance was proof that you lived in a ZIP code that was affected by flooding, hundreds of people showed up to apply. Single residents could be eligible for up to $200
During the morning, the line wrapped around the block.
A similar line was reported in the Roseland neighborhood, outside the state office at 11203 S. Ellis Ave.
According to spokesman Tom Green, however, residents must have had damage to home or business, paid disaster-related expenses that were not reimbursed, or prove a loss or reduction of income as a result flooding between April 16 and May 15.
So far, nearly 17,000 people in Cook County have applied for $2.3 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance.
Aida Sanchez, the local office administrator at the state’s North Side office, said individuals began camping out at 10 p.m. Tuesday.