FEMA to help with COVID-19 funeral costs

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Posted April 13, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial assistance for funeral costs associated with COVID-19.

FEMA  began accepting applications for financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses beginning Monday. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.

In order to be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • 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.

Those who are determined eligible for assistance will receive a check by mail or funds by direct deposit, depending on the option chosen during application.

To apply, call 844-684-6333, TTY: 800-462-7585. The line is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information about the program, visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

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