In the last year, millions of people across the country suffered the heartbreaking loss of a family member to COVID, and at the same time, many are struggling financially because of the pandemic.
Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people who lost loved ones to COVID will soon be able to apply for a reimbursement for funeral costs. I want to share a few important details about this program.
The maximum reimbursement offered through FEMA will be $9,000 per burial. In order to apply, you will need to provide documentation that includes a funeral contract, receipt, and more. The program will begin on April 12, 2021. For more details, please click here.I began working on this effort with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last spring when the pandemic was at its worst. Families that are struggling during this challenging time should not have to worry about the cost of properly grieving their loved ones.
Any applicant must provide the following documents:
- Official death certificate attributing 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, such as receipts or a funeral home contract, includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the number of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
- Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance WebsiteHot Line: 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585