FEMA offering funeral help for COVID victims families

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, the mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. FEMA is dedicated to helping 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 will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan, 20, 2020.

FEMA is working with stakeholder groups to get input on ways FEMA can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.

Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.

The complete news release and additional information may be found on the FEMA website: https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210324/fema-help-pay-funeral-costs-covid-19-related-deaths  

Information provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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