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Orange County Will Reopen CARES Act Amidst Walt Disney World Layoffs

Orange County will reopen its CARES Act crisis assistance program next week, just days after Disney, the region’s largest employer, announced it would be laying off about 7,000 of its employees in Central Florida.


As shared by Orlando Sentinel: When the relief program initially launched earlier this year, nearly 30,000 households received $1,000 payments to help cover rent, utility bills, prescriptions and food. And additional aid is needed, officials said, as more Disney layoffs are possible following negotiations between the company and unions representing many of its workers.

“We know it’s a long climb back out of this,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “A large number like that…should re-emphasize to Congress that the American people need help with this. We need some financial assistance just to deal with so many unemployed people…[who] can’t put meals on the table.”

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the county has about $56 million remaining CARES Act dollars and would announce next week when the crisis assistance hotline would reopen, how much money would be allocated to it and who would be eligible to receive payments. “We know the need is great and we intend to continue to answer the call for service in our community,” he said. “Together we see through to a promising future and we want our citizens to stay safe and stronger together.”

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Osceola County, already with the state’s highest unemployment, will also likely feel the additional strain from the layoffs. The county announced Thursday it would use some of its remaining CARES Act money on an eviction diversion program.

Source: OrlandoSentinel

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.