FEMA has some help available to families who have lost loved ones during this crisis. The federal agency is providing funding to help families with funeral and burial expenses.

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Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton says

At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.

Here's the criteria from FEMA to see if you qualify for the funding:

  • 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.

The maximum amount available is $35,500 for each applicant.

The goal of the program is to help families who are struggling during this difficult time. You do have to provide an official death certificate. You are also required to submit funeral expense documents indicating how much you spent. FEMA also wants to see proof of other funds you received directly for funeral costs. This assistance will not allow any duplication of funds.

The application process opens on Monday, April 12. The Funeral Assistance Hotline Number is 884-684-6333. Click here to get more information about the application process.

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