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FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths

Dealing with the fallout of the pandemic has been tough. People have lost their jobs. There are people in my apartment complex who haven’t paid rent for months and don’t know how they will be able to manage things once California lifts the rent moratorium. 

Unfortunately, there have been people who lost their lives due to the pandemic. An unforeseeable tragedy that left many Americans unprepared for hospital and funeral expenses.

So, when I checked out a Youtuber I follow, I was surprised to learn in the last stimulus package, the government is reimbursing 9k to families whose love ones died from Covid. I shared the information with a friend who lost a sibling and I am sharing it with the few who happen to stop by.

Here are the Basic Requirements

Effective April 12th, 2021

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  • If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual. 
  • An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  • The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.  
  • Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

How to apply?

  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

  Applications begin on April 12, 2021

844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

  Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Please note: you must call the above number. They do not take online applications.

For more information, please read the official announcement and FAQ.

Please share this information if you know someone who could benefit from this program.

BGMD Editorial Team

Teigh Reed is the Content Editor for BGMD. I have a passion for all things finance-related. I'm on a mission to pay forward my knowledge of money and to cheer on your accomplishments. What's on your money mind? I'm listening.

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