Friday, July 1, 2016

OneOrlando plans to distribute funds to Pulse families, survivors by October

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 6:37 PM

  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
The city of Orlando says the OneOrlando Fund, the largest collection of money for victims' families and survivors of the Pulse tragedy, plans to disperse millions of dollars by Oct. 1. 

The date is not finalized, but the city says in a press release it wants to distribute the funds as quickly as possible in a transparent manner. Two town hall meetings will be held Aug. 4 at the Amway Center to get feedback from Pulse families, survivors and the rest of the community on the process. 

The final process will by approved by the OneOrlando Fund board chaired by Orlando Magic President Alex Martins and members of the Latino and LGBTQ communities. Once that happens, victims' families and survivors will be able to submit a claim at the OneOrlando website. The city says "no overhead or administrative costs" will be paid using fund money.

The fund is being administered by an expert on victim compensation, attorney Kenneth Feinberg, along with the National Compassion Fund, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

"This week, Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center) and the National Compassion Fund announced a partnership with OneOrlando to ensure that funds collected are disbursed in a unified process," the press release says. "Combined, the organizations have raised more than $17 million."

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