The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for funeral expenses of people who have died victims of covid-19.
Beginning April 12, those who have lost a family member to the coronavirus as of January 2020 can apply for financial assistance of up to $ 9,000 per funeral or $ 35,000 per application.
The agency will accept only one application per deceased and copies of funeral expense receipts will be requested.
As of April 6, 554,420 victims of covid-19 had died in the United States, since the start of the pandemic.
“The covid-19 pandemic has caused overwhelming pain in many families,” FEMA said on its website. “We are dedicated to helping alleviate some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.”
To qualify for funeral assistance, certain conditions must be met:
- The death must have occurred in the United States, including the United States territories and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate that the cause of death was covid-19.
- The applicant must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or some other type of qualified immigrant who has a social security number. In the case of the person who passed away, this is not necessary.
Beginning April 12, FEMA will begin receiving applications. You should call 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm (Central Time), where you will be guided through the application process. There will be attention in Spanish.
FEMA will require documentation of proof of expenses that will vary on a case-by-case basis; but some of the documents they will ask you for will be:
- Official death certificate where the death is attributed to covid-19 and that establishes the place of death in the United States or one of its territories.
- Funeral expense documents, such as receipts, contract, etc., including the applicant’s name, the name of the deceased, the amount of the funeral expenses, and the dates they occurred.
- Proof of funds received from other sources used specifically in the payment of funeral expenses; this, with the intention of not duplicating the support received in case of having funeral insurance, having received help from other agencies, governments or other sources.
If you are eligible for FEMA assistance, the funds will be delivered to you by check or direct deposit, depending on the option you chose at the time of application.
You can find more information on this FEMA website on support for funeral expenses for covid-19.