July 14, 2016 – ORLANDO, FL – Today, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Administrator of OneOrlando Fund, released a draft Protocol that outlines the proposed process for the distribution of the OneOrlando funds directly to victims’ families and survivors.
In addition to feedback from, Equality Florida and the National Center for Victims of Crime/National Compassion Fund, the OneOrlando Fund Board is encouraging input from victims’ families and survivors of the Pulse tragedy and the Orlando community. Two town hall meetings will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Amway Center to get feedback from the public. A copy of the draft protocol is available at OneOrlando.org.
The following are the next steps for the process, based on the draft Protocol, to ensure these funds are distributed as quickly as possible:
- August 4, 2016: Two Town Hall meetings at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. conducted by the Fund Administrators in Orlando, Florida, each lasting for 90 minutes.
- August 11, 2016: The Final Protocol and Claim Forms disseminated to all known claimants and potential claimants who registered through the Fund website. These documents will be made available on the Fund website for families and all interested parties.
- August 11 – September 12, 2016: Claim Forms completed and submitted to the Fund Administrators along with the required documentation.
- September 12, 2016: Deadline for submission of Claim Forms.
- September 12 – September 25, 2016: All personal meetings requested with the Fund Administrators completed.
- September 12 – September 26, 2016: All claims reviewed by the Fund Administrators and recommendations for payments to eligible claimants submitted to the OneOrlando Fund Board for independent review and approval.
- September 27, 2016: Payment Distribution to approved eligible claimants begins on a rolling basis.
- After October 15, 2016: Independent Audit begins.
For Immediate Assistance:
The City is meeting the immediate needs of those impacted by the Pulse tragedy through the Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC). This center serves as a navigation point for those who need support during this critical time of healing as well as moving forward. For personalized services, citizens can schedule an appointment through 407-500-HOPE or by visiting cityoforlando.net/hope.
Pledges and Donations:
The OneOrlando Fund continues to seek additional donations to support the hundreds of individuals impacted by the tragedy on June 12, 2016. All donations received by September 25, 2016 will be disbursed to victims of the Pulse tragedy.
Since the fund was launched on Tuesday, June 14, more than $20 million dollars has been pledged or donated.
To support the victims’ families and survivors, visit OneOrlando.org.
Stay Up-to-Date on the OneOrlando Fund:
The OneOrlando Fund will continue to provide updates on the process, anyone interested receiving these updates can sign up online at OneOrlando.org.