Orange County CARES Act portal for pandemic assistance to reopen next week for one of the last times


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Orange County government will reopen the CARES Act portal for coronavirus pandemic assistance for another round of applications next week, and this will apparently be one of the very last times.

The portal will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, and accept 15,000 applications total before closing. Applicants are eligible for "a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19."

To be eligible for this program you must be an Orange County resident, rent property or reside in the county, and have had your wages or work hours adversely impacted by the pandemic. If you have already received a payout from this particular CARES program, you are not eligible again. 

A newer relaxation of previous requirements – and this must be stressed – is that different members of the same household may all apply for this CARES Act payment separately.

Apply online on Orange County government's CARES Act site. It is recommended that you start early, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and previous application periods have ended within hours.

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