FEMA Creates New Funeral Assistance Program for Families Impacted by COVID-19

April 9, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse families for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Most American citizens who paid funeral expenses for someone who died of COVID-19 are eligible if the death occurred in the U.S., U.S. territories, or District of Columbia. The death certificate must attribute death to COVID-19. There are no requirements for the deceased person to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

Applications will be accepted beginning April 12, 2021. To apply contact the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance line at 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585.

Applicants must present documentation including an official death certificate, funeral expenses (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.), and proof of funds received from other sources for use toward funeral costs. FEMA will not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

If approved, FEMA will provide applicants with reimbursement checks by mail or direct deposit.

If you or your family need assistance in settling the final affairs of a family member, contact RCO Law attorneys Sarah Corney, Paul Croy, Doug Huffman, Matt Klein, or Marissa Fitzpatrick.


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