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OneOrlando Funds to be Distributed by October

by Victoria Moll-Ramírez /  / Updated 
Crosses, one for each victim, line a walkway as a memorial to those killed in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting a few blocks from the club early Friday, June 17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.David Goldman / AP

Orlando city mayor Buddy Dyer has laid out a general timeline on how the funds for families affected by the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando will be distributed.

The city has hired attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg who, pro bono, negotiated and mediated the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the Aurora Colorado Relief Fund and the One Fund Boston. Feinberg, according to the City of Orlando release, is considered the world’s top expert on victim compensation.

First, Mr. Feinberg will meet with the OneOrlando Fund board which is made up of different leaders in the LGBT, Hispanic, and business communities within the Orlando area. Feinberg along with the OneOrlando board will outline how the funds will be distributed and the information will be shared with the public.

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Then, two separate town hall meetings with victims’ families, survivors and the Orlando community will be held on August 4, 2016. They will present their ideas and ask for feedback. Based on that feedback a final process for the distribution of funds will be approved by the OneOrlando Fund board.

Lastly claim forms for the victims’ families and survivors will be made available on OneOrlando.org. The deadline to file a claim has not yet been determined. All claims will be reviewed and payments will be distributed by October 1, 2016, according to the city of Orlando.

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Earlier this week the city of Orlando along with Orange County opened the Orlando United Assistance Center which is meant to provide immediate and long-term assistance to all of those impacted by the shooting.

“The center is a supportive, inclusive environment and all services are confidential. Culturally-experienced representatives from the Hispanic and LGBT communities will be available,” said Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer.

 Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Orlando, Florida, in honor of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings. AP

Also this week Equality Florida, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and the National Compassion Fund announced a partnership with OneOrlando that has brought the grand total of the funds raised to more than $17 million.

The City of Orlando continues to recover from the attacks on June 12 where 49 people were killed, and 53 injured, at a gay nightclub during Latin night.

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