How to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
What is Covid-19 funeral assistance?
FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency) began a Covid-19 funeral assistance to help for financial funeral cost for loved ones. This financial assistance is for families with loved ones who died from COVID-19 only. This benefit started at the beginning of last year when the pandemic hit.
There have been a lot death cases regarding COVID-19. There has been a lot of suffering that came with the pandemic, so it’s only right that we get financial benefits during these devastating times.
No one wants to be dealing with financial cost after their loved one passing away, with FEMA this grants us the opportunity in having the extra support needed.
Learn more about the benefits in funeral assistance regarding COVID-19.
How to be eligible for funeral assistance?
In order for eligibility in having COVID funeral assistance, one must have a death of a loved one from the United States.
-The death of the person had to be from COVID-19.
-In order to qualify for expenses, the death must have been occurred by January 20th, 2020 or after.
-The applicant must be a U.S citizen if not, they may be a qualified immigrant.
– The death of a loved one must have a death certification and signed by a health provider.
How to apply for FEMA?
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved about 2,585 applicants needing assistance for COVID- 19 funerals, this was within the first months of launching this benefit.
In order to apply, the applicant can call the hotline number, 844-684-6333 or TTY 800-462-7585. From there they will be sent a documentation form in order to see if this family is eligible.
FEMA offers services for many languages for further assistance. Such as Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese.
The documents needed to provide in order to proceed with the application are to have a documentation of the overall funeral expenses such as:
-Funeral home contracts
It is also handy to have this information ready for FEMA:
-Date of birth of applicant.
-Location of loved ones passing.
-Information of funeral insurances.
-Bank information, if they requested.
This must follow with the name of the person dealing with expenses.
What is usually covered?
-Burial and cremation.
– Transportation of the body.
-Provide casket or urn.
Note: Expenses that are not associated with the funeral cannot be covered by FEMA. Because of the high amount of people needing this service, FEMA cannot offer a time slot for receiving the assistance.
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