Orange County closes its application portal for $1,000 checks after 39 minutes

Orange County reopened its CARES application portal on Tuesday but closed just 39 minutes later.

Residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic were given a chance to apply for one-time payments of $1,000 starting at 8 a.m. The portal allowed 15,000 users to apply on Tuesday.

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The county has not announced if there will be another chance to apply.

In order to receive the one-time payment, people must:

  • Be an Orange County resident
  • Have been financially impacted because of COVID-19
  • Have both a photo ID and social security card.
  • Submit documentation of loss of income, which could include pay stubs or an employer notice of reduced hours, lay-offs, or furloughs.

You are not eligible to receive the money if you have already received a payment from the Orange County CARES Act Individual and Family Assistance Program. However, for just the second time, members in the same household can apply for their own assistance.

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Applicants will be notified via email if they have been approved and can expect to receive a check in the mail in six to eight weeks.

For the entire eligibility list and to check for future dates, visit the Orange County website.


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