The OneOrlando Fund, the fund established to assist victims and the families of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting that left forty-nine people dead and dozens more injured, has begun accepting claims for assistance, the NonProfit Times reports.
To be eligible for assistance from the $23 million fund, claims must be postmarked by September 12. Distribution of awards is expected to begin on a rolling basis on September 27. Kenneth Feinberg, who served as the administrator for One Fund Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and as special master of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, said the strategy for the fund will mirror those of previous victims-assistance funds. A second disbursement might become necessary should additional gifts come in, but the possibility of funding from the Department of Justice is not being factored in to the fund's planning.
Feinberg and the organization still need to evaluate who is eligible to file a claim for those killed during the mass shooting and who will receive the money, and Feinberg told the NPT that there could be disputes among family members and partners over who will receive payments on behalf of deceased victims. For those who survived the attack, the severity of the injury and length of hospital stay will be factored into their claims.
"These are individual victims who were shot or trapped in the nightclub," Feinberg said. "They are the only victims eligible under this program."