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Posted on: April 16, 2021

FEMA May Provide Funeral Assistance to Families of COVID19 Loss

Funeral Assistance for COVID19

APR 16, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families.  The Berrien County Emergency Management Office is sharing information about a Federal Program that offers funeral assistance to eligible families.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a program intended to ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under 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. 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

Applications begin on April 12, 2021

844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

 

To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:

  • 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 after Jan. 20, 2020.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

For fastest service after you have called to apply, submit documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov, or by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.

For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQ page. Watch the video, Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-Related Funeral Expenses.

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