Local officials open Orlando United Assistance Center for Pulse shooting victims' families, survivors


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Victims' families, survivors and others affected by the Pulse mass shooting are now being directed to the new Orlando United Assistance Center, which the city of Orlando and Orange County opened Thursday. 

Previously, people who needed help were going to the temporary Family Assistance Center set up at the Camping World Stadium days after the shooting. The new center, at 507 East Michigan St., is part of the region's plan to help those affected by the massacre that killed 49 and wounded 53, according to a press release. 

"Our community is transitioning out of the immediate response phase of this horrific tragedy," the release says. "Now we must look at the long-term recovery needs of the victims, including all those who were impacted."

During the eight days the Family Assistance Center was open, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says government agencies and organizations were able to help 956 individuals from 298 families. One family who needed assistance with burial services ended up with help from 27 different agencies.   

"To those impacted by the tragedy, we want you to know that we are still here, and we will continue to be here to help you," says Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at a press conference.

On Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, the Orlando United Assistance Center will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Starting June 27, regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

If you need help, schedule an appointment by calling 407-500-HOPE or visit cityoforlando.net/hope.