FEMA offers financial assistance for COVID-19 funeral expenses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering financial assistance for individuals who have incurred funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020 from COVID-19. The website with full information is: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

To Apply: Call 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. The application is by phone (no online option), and will take 20 minutes to apply. After you have applied by phone, FEMA will send you a letter with the documents needed for submission, and how to submit them.

Eligible Expenses: Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to: funeral services, cremation, interment, casket or urn, burial plot or cremation niche, marker or headstone, arrangement of the funeral ceremony, use of funeral home, and more. Reimbursement of expenses already paid is not eligible. View the FAQs for more information. 

Amount: Individuals may receive a maximum of $9000 per deceased individual.

As of September 13, $426,535 have been awarded to 75 Alaskan applicants, but a minor percentage of Alaskans who have been affected by the loss of a loved one due to the COVID-19 pandemic have applied. Please share widely with your networks and in your newsletters to help ensure our families, relatives and friends are receiving the most amount of support possible, during these challenging times.

If you have questions, you may call FEMA at the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline: 844-684-6333.

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