July 28, 2021

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FEMA continues to offer financial assistance to reimburse funeral expenses due to COVID-19

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remains committed to its mission of helping people before, during and after disasters. That is why, in the face of the present pandemic, they continue to provide some relief in the pressure and economic burden that this terrible virus has caused.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To request you can contact the free phone line 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. If you use a relay service, such as a video call-enabled phone, InnoCaption, or CapTel, please provide the specific number assigned for that service. It is important that FEMA be able to reach you and you should be aware that FEMA calls may be generated from an unidentified number.

You must meet the following to be eligible for funeral assistance:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the United States territories and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must state that the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • 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 that the deceased person must have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

If you had funeral expenses for COVID-19, we recommend that you save and collect the documentation. The types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the United States territories and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral Expense Documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the name of the applicant, the name of the deceased, the amount of the funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  • Evidence of funds received from other sources to be used specifically for funeral expenses. We cannot duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, or financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

If you are eligible for funeral assistance, you will receive a check in the mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on the option you choose when applying for assistance.

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