Orange County's CARES Act Portal for pandemic assistance opens again Tuesday, Dec. 8


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Orange County government will reopen the CARES Act portal for coronavirus pandemic assistance for another round of applications next week.

The individual and family assistance portal will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. While the portal may reopen again later in December, the program is winding down, with CARES Act funding set to expire on Dec. 30.

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. 

An important relaxation of previous requirements is that different members of the same household may all apply for this CARES Act payments separately.

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

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