COVID-19 funeral assistance is still available

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COVID-19 funeral assistance is still available

CHICAGO — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to provide financial assistance to people who have incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses for loved ones. Since the program launched on April 1, 2021, FEMA has provided more than $2.1 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to eligible applicants across the country, but assistance is still available for those who are eligible.

“This program was created to address the unique financial challenges facing our nation due to the pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly one million loved ones, friends and neighbors across the country,” said FEMA Region 5 Administrator Thomas C. Sivak. “While we cannot bring these people back, this financial assistance can help ease the burden of their final arrangements.”

Eligible applicants can receive up to $9,000 for each deceased person per application, with a maximum of $35,000 for families who may have multiple funeral expenses due to COVID-19. Since the start of assistance, the average amount of assistance granted has been $6,500.


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