Washington, DC (STL.News) The Bowser Administration is highlighting a new federal assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that provides financial assistance to individuals nationwide who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
Funding for the program comes through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. FEMA encourages those who have COVID-19 funeral expenses to keep and gather documentation needed to apply for this assistance program. A dedicated call center, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, has been established to help individuals and families who apply: 1-844-684-6333, TTY: 1-800-462-7585. FEMA is currently experiencing high call volumes on their Funeral Assistance phone line. Please try again later if you get a busy signal or your call doesn’t connect. There is no deadline to apply.
To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, FEMA states:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 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.