SNAP Recipients in Orange County Navigate Digital Challenges and Lengthy Lines for Benefits

Orange County residents relying on vital benefits such as SNAP and Medicare are encountering significant hurdles, both online and in-person, as the Orange County Access Application Center faces an overwhelming surge in demand.

Located on North Powers Drive, the ACCESS Center has witnessed a continuous influx of individuals seeking assistance, leading to extensive lines and frustrations among applicants. 

Reports from earlier this month and Wednesday captured scenes of lengthy queues, wrapping around the shopping plaza, with people enduring hours of wait time.

Several sources have indicated that the demand at the center has remained elevated for several days, compelling some applicants with pending applications to return multiple times, exacerbating an already challenging situation.

The ACCESS Center serves as a crucial hub for in-person support, offering services ranging from translation assistance to access to public computers. 

Applicants also seek help troubleshooting errors on their pending applications, emphasizing the vital role the center plays in facilitating the benefits application process.

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Technical Woes Plague Benefit Application Process

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Orange County residents relying on vital benefits such as SNAP and Medicare are encountering significant hurdles, both online and in-person, as the Orange County Access Application Center faces an overwhelming surge in demand.

One woman shared her experience, detailing how she submitted her application for benefits on December 12 but encountered issues due to missing proof of income documentation. 

Despite attempting to utilize the website for document uploads, technical challenges persisted. Frustrated and unable to reach the state’s information call-line, she felt compelled to visit the center in person for resolution.

“I felt defeated, I felt overwhelmed, and I immediately started thinking about what are my options to feed my two kids and my family,” expressed the woman, who requested anonymity.

A Channel 9 crew member attempted to contact the state’s information call-line on Wednesday, only to receive an automated message stating that the line was busy. 

The message directed callers to visit myflfamilies.com/myaccess for updates and answers to frequently asked questions, urging them to retry their call later.

Despite outreach to the state, there has been no response regarding how the Florida Department of Children and Families is addressing the ongoing challenges faced by Orange County residents. 

The Press Secretary for the department acknowledged the issue and assured that the team was working on a response, but as of now, no details have been provided on the measures being taken to alleviate the situation.

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