MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has announced its funeral assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses that happened after January 20, 2020. The program aims to help families with COVID-19 related death from financial burdens under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Here's how to apply for FEMA's funeral assistance. The citizens can contact COVID-19 funeral assistance line number at 844-684-6333 TTY: 800-462-7585, from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There are multilingual services provided for applicants.
Those who apply for the program must meet these conditions to be eligible:
- The death has to be in the United States, including the U.S territories and the District of Columbia.
- The death was related to COVID-19 shown by the death certificate.
- The applicants have to be a U.S citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
- There will be no need for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
Applicants who had COVID-19 funeral charges are required to complete the data as mentioned below:
- An official death certificate that shows the death is caused directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and the death was incurred in the U.S., including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
- Funeral charges documents, including receipts and funeral home contract, applicant's name, the deceased person’s name, the number of funeral expenses and the dates when the charges occurred.
- Proof of funds received from other parties especially to the funeral charges.
The fund will be received by a check, mail or direct deposit, depending on which option the applicant chooses.
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