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Posted on: April 12, 2021

FEMA to accept applications for COVID-19 funeral expenses

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (April 12, 2021) ─ The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin accepting financial assistance applications for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19.

Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

 The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, for a death attributed to COVID-19.

 If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.

 An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.

 The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

 This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application. 

A dedicated toll-free number, 844-0684-633 (TTY 800-462-7585) will be available today, April 12, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT to help individuals apply.

To qualify, applicants must meet certain conditions, including:

 The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, and the death certificate must indicate that the death was attributed to COVID-19, FEMA said.

 The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

 According to FEMA, the individual who died due to COVID-19 is not required to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien in order to be eligible for funeral assistance.

 Types of accepted documentation include an official death certificate, funeral expense documents like receipts and funeral home contracts, and proof of funds received from other sources for use toward funeral costs. 

 If an applicant is eligible for funeral assistance, they can choose to receive the funds via direct deposit or a check by mail.

 According to FEMA, the relief is being made available under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

 The agency will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Currently, there is no deadline to apply for relief.

 For more information on how to apply, visit the FEMA website.

The Clark County Emergency Management Agency cannot apply for assistance on behalf of residents; however, the Agency is available to answer questions at 937-521-2175. For more information, follow the Clark County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page.

For more information about the program, click the link below:

https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgvN_9m58Z0

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Media contact: Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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