Payment amounts for OneOrlando Fund unveiled
Pulse victims, families to receive money by Friday
ORLANDO, Fla. – The final distribution plan for the OneOrlando Fund was approved Monday, and payments of the $29.5 million donated to the fund will begin to be processed Tuesday.
City officials said the board approved the allocation of funds to 299 claimants in categories of deceased, injured with hospitalization, injured with outpatient treatment, and present inside Pulse nightclub.
All payments will be issued by Friday, officials said.
“In the days and weeks following the Pulse tragedy, our community and the world opened their hearts and donated millions of dollars to the OneOrlando Fund," said Alex Martins, president of Orlando Magic and the chair of the OneOrlando Board, in a news release. "While no amount of money will ever erase the horrific events of that day, we are hopeful support from the OneOrlando Fund will help victims and their families with the healing process."
Families of the 49 who lost their lives in the June 12 shooting will each receive $350,000 from the One Orlando Fund. Victims who were hospitalized will receive between $65,000 and $300,000 each, depending on the length of time they were in the hospital.
Victims who spent more than 24 days in the hospital will receive $300,000. Those in the hospital for 16-23 days will get $260,000. Victims hospitalized for 8 to 15 days will receive $175,000. Victims in the hospital for three to seven days will get $110,000, and those in the hospital for one to two days will receive $65,000.
Victims who received outpatient care will receive $35,000 each, and people who were inside the club and didn't experience physical injuries will receive $25,000 each.
A news conference to be held Tuesday will provide more information.
Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.
Nearly 150,000 people and more than 120 companies contributed to the fund, with Equality Florida's GoFundMe page setting records for the largest online philanthropic campaign, officials said.
The distribution announcement comes hours after News 6 reported a Pulse survivor filed a lawsuit seeking an audit of the $27 million assistance program and the halting of the disbursement.
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