Unfortunately, thousands of people in the United States have died because of COVID-19 and more still do every day. While nothing can ever replace the lives lost FEMA has stepped in to provide some relief to those who have lost someone from the virus.
FEMA is now accepting applicating for their COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program, which will help cover the costs someone may now have after paying for a funeral for someone who has passed from COVID-19.
“There’s so many people that are in financial difficulties in general right now and to add somewhere in the $10,000 range as a financial burden is difficult for most families to handle,” said Geoff Behrens the General Manager of Alto Rest Park.
There are several requirements to be eligible to receive the aid from FEMA: the death had to happen in the United States, the death certificate must say the death was due to COVID-19, and the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
If you’re applying FEMA encourages you to have documents handy to help with the process like official funeral expense documents and an official death certificate. You can find more information here and apply by calling FEMA any time Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 844-684-6333.