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    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance For Families That Lost Members

    Have you or someone you know lost a loved one during the pandemic? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering COVID-19 funeral assistance in the form of reimbursements.

    As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the US, Black paid dearly in staggering numbers, putting them in added expenses, but FEMA is here to provide relief.

    According to its website, it will reimburse funeral expenses to families that have lost members due to COVID-19. 

    The site reads:

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.”

    “Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.”

    “Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.”

    Who is Eligible?

    • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
    • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
    • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
    • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

    FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021. If you have incurred funeral expenses due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to keep and gather documentation to submit. FEMA will be looking for the following information:

    • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
    • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
    • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. .

    The agency will provide a toll-free number for applicants to use on this page.

    Payments will be distributed via check by mail or by direct deposit.

    Additional Resources

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