Tuesday November 30, 2021 01:14 pm - 1676 Views - Posted By Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020.
To be eligible for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, the following conditions must be met:
The death must have occurred in the United States
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses on or 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 death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19. If the death occurred between January 20, 2020, and May 16, 2020, and the death certificate does not attribute the death to COVID-19, you may submit a signed statement from the medical official who certified the death certificate, or the local coroner or medical examiner, linking the cause of death to COVID-19.
Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
Transportation to identify the deceased individual
Transfer of remains
A burial plot or cremation niche
A marker or headstone
Clergy or officiant services
The use of funeral home equipment or staff
Cremation or interment costs
Applicants will need to provide the following information to FEMA:
Applicant's name, Social Security number, date of birth, mailing address, and contact phone numbers.
Name, Social Security number, and date of birth for each deceased individual.
Location or address where the individual died.
Documentation and receipts for funeral assistance received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, other government programs, or non-profit organizations.
The name and information of up to one co-applicant, if anyone besides the main applicant incurred funeral expenses for the deceased individual(s).
How to apply for assistance:
Call FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday to begin the application process.
Submit your documents online through disasterassistance.gov; fax your documents to 855-261-3452; or mail documents to COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.