HBPP Income-Based Application
The City of Chicago has expanded the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to remove barriers and ensure that more Chicago residents have access to the tools needed to protect their properties and feel safe. Through the new HBPP Income-Based Application, eligible Chicagoans can apply for private security devices at no cost based on income and pick them up at a designated community distribution site. Applications will be limited to one application per household. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.
Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below may receive:
- 2 wireless outdoor security cameras*
- 1 outdoor solar powered security floodlight
*Please note that the cameras require access to wi-fi in order to function properly. If you don’t have access to internet service, you can apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
To be eligible for security devices through the HBPP Income-Based Application, the following requirements must be met:
- The applicant must show documentation proving that they reside in the City of Chicago. (State ID is not required to prove Chicago residence. See other options available to establish proof that you live in Chicago.)
- The applicant must provide Social Security Number(SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or other form of identification
- The applicant must meet the income qualification, which is 300 percent of the federal poverty level, and provide supporting documentation. When calculating income, you must include any income from all persons living in the household received in the last 30 days. Please see the income qualifications for the size of your household below.
Income Qualifications Per Household Size
300% 30-Day Gross Income
Community Distribution Sites
Once your application is approved, you can pick up your security devices at a designated community distribution site. Please note that the approval email AND a form of ID (such as those listed when applying) will be required in order to receive the security devices.
Optional Camera Registration with CPD
Applicants who are interested in aiding the Chicago Police Department (CPD) during criminal investigations have the option to register their camera system at chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration.
Registration of the camera system location with CPD is NOT required to obtain devices through the City's Home and Business Protection Program.
For residents who decide to register their cameras, CPD will not have direct access to the camera system and cannot access camera footage without consent. By registering, residents simply allow CPD to request camera footage in the event of a crime. Residents reserve the right to refuse access to camera footage at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants must be residents of the City of Chicago and have a gross monthly income that is at or below the 2022 300% Federal Poverty Guideline. Examples per household size many be found below.
300% of Federal Poverty Guideline
Most recent paycheck stubs including Social Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TABF), Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) statement, unemployment, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), pension payments, child support, rental income, and cash earned/gifted are all considered forms of income and need to be included in the gross monthly income amount.
The following documents will be accepted to establish proof of residency: Illinois Driver’s License/State ID, library card, postmarked letter, utility bill, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, voter registration, rent receipt/lease, school or employment document, court document, City Key Card, tax, bank, or insurance document, Post Office change of address confirmation, Consular ID (matricula consular), membership ID card – Union, YMCA, store club card, fitness center, community or neighborhood association, apartment building associations, letter or document from a faith-based organization, shelter, non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization.
Applicants that have previously been approved for a rebate are not eligible to apply based on income. The application will be considered inadmissible and will not be processed.
Yes, if your HBPP rebate application was denied you are eligible to apply based on income as long as you meet the HBPP Income-based application criteria.
Only City of Chicago residents qualify for this program. Applicants must reside at the address where the application is being submitted to be eligible.
Only homeowners whose primary residence is in the City of Chicago qualify for this program.
Immediately, upon possession of valid income documentation.
Device pick-up turnaround times are dependent upon the application submission process and the associated requirements. Pick-up information is emailed to each recipient after each application is processed and must be picked up within two weeks
Once an application is approved, applicants receive an approval email that will direct them to a community distribution site. An approval email and a form of ID (such as those listed when applying) are required to verify identity when picking up devices. All recipients of devices must acknowledge receipt by providing the required information such as name, date, and serial number to the staff member at your location.
Items cannot be guaranteed past two weeks.
Through the HBPP Income-Based Application Chicagoans may receive a Lorex 2K QHD Wire Free Camera Kit (includes two cameras and a Home Hub) and/or the Cooper Halo Twin Head solar powered motion sensing light fixture. The Home Hub included in the camera kit allows for storage of footage for up to three months and allows for the cameras to link to Wi-Fi and access footage in real time via an application. Eligible applicants are limited to one of each kit or device, per address and household. Multiple applications per household for the same type of device will be rejected.
- One (1) Lorex 2K QHD Wire Free Camera Kit (includes two cameras and one Home Hub)
- One (1) Cooper Halo Twin Head solar-powered motion-sensing light fixture
Only one application per household/address is eligible for this program. Multiple applications for the same address will be considered inadmissible and will not be processed.
The cameras being distributed require access to Wi-Fi to function properly. We recommend residents that do not have access to internet service apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The City of Chicago does not provide installation services currently.
No, CPD will not have access to any of the devices that you obtain through the City’s Home and Business Protection Program.
No, registering the camera system with the Chicago Police Department is optional. However, we encourage sharing the location of security cameras to assist in criminal investigations by visiting chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration.
The contact information you provide may be accessed by the Chicago Police Department when investigating a crime in the vicinity of where your camera system is located. Chicago Police Department Detectives may contact you to request a copy of any video captured by your camera system. The camera system is your property, and you have the right to refuse any requests. By law, your information cannot be shared publicly.
- CPD will not have direct access to your camera system.
- CPD cannot access camera footage without your consent.
- There is no requirement to provide footage to CPD at any time.