FEMA Funeral Assistance Hotline to Open April 12
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
844-684-6333 ● TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT
Beginning in April 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic up to $9,000.
This development is made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 as well as the American Rescue Act of 2021. Individuals who wish to receive assistance must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens. The death must have occurred in the United States after January 20, 2020 and must have been attributed to the COVID-19 virus as stated by the death certificate.
Applicants must be able to supply a variety of official documents in order to receive aid, including but not limited to a death certificate and funeral expense documents such as receipts and contracts, as well as proof of funds received from other sources that were specifically used for funeral costs.
Application appointments will be conducted over the phone with a FEMA representative. Those found eligible will be able to receive their assistance as a check by mail or direct deposit. Funds are limited, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible to increase eligibility.
Though of course this small gift cannot replace the loved one who was lost or assuage the grief left behind, FEMA hopes that this initiative will lift some of the financial burden caused by the pandemic. The government agency continues to look for ways that they can support the nation following this extremely challenging time.
Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services will be glad to provide all necessary documentation or assistance to families who used our services and are looking to apply for federal aid. Please contact us at (914) 949-0566 to request information.
For more information about the assistance being offered and how to apply for it, visit fema.gov.