Assistance center set up for victims of Pulse attack

This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando's Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).


ORLANDO – The Orlando United Assistance Center, designed to provide long-term assistance to people impacted by the Pulse shootings, opens today.
The center located at 507 E. Michigan St. will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at the corner of Osceola Avenue and East Michigan Street.
Created by the City of Orlando and the Orange County Government, the center is expected to hire numerous representatives from the Hispanic and LGBT communities to be on staff to help the survivors of the attack. To learn more, call 407-500-HOPE.
On Monday, the city of Orlando also announced that it had established a partnership with Heart of Florida United Way to manage the center. That will include managing all daily functions such as the oversight of the building and its staff.
Heart of Florida United Way will also be responsible for arranging a series of partnerships with various service providers who can help meet the needs of the people visiting the center. Those partnerships will include arrangements with the Victim Service Center, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and Miracle of Love, Inc.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Heart of Florida was chosen because it has a vast network of partners in the nonprofit sector whose services could prove to be vital to individuals and families impacted by the shooting massacre on June 12 that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. Continue reading

Fund to help Pulse victims grows to $17 million

This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando's Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).


ORLANDO – The special fund created to help the victims of the Pulse shooting massacre has collected more than $17 million, and the City of Orlando is now setting up the process for getting that money to the victims of the deadly attack.
As part of that, the city has entered into a partnership with several organizations that serve the LGBT community, including Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and the National Compassion Fund.
These organizations will work to ensure that the funds contributed to OneOrlando get disbursed honestly, and they will also safeguard against fraud.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer noted that the amount raised is a clear indication that the Central Florida area has rallied together in the face of this terrible tragedy.
“Words cannot express how grateful we continue to be for the outpouring of generosity our community’s received as the people from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery,” Dyer said in a release from the city. Continue reading

SBA opens Business Recovery Center in Orlando

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will be the host site, starting this evening, for a temporary memorial site dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will be the host site, starting this evening, for a temporary memorial site dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre.


ORLANDO – In the past, Florida’s state government has responded to disasters by making financing available for residents of the region that was impacted. Those disasters have included hurricanes, tornados, and heavy flooding caused by tropical storms.
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will open a Business Recovery Center in Orlando, after the office of Gov. Rick Scott requested that the federal government issue a disaster declaration following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub on June 12.
Scott had asked the SBA to make the disaster declaration for Orange, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties. When the federal agency agreed, it signaled that low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans would be made available for businesses impacted by the attack, when a lone gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, was later killed by Orlando police after a three hour hostage standoff. Continue reading

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