Financial relief is now available for families struggling to cover funeral costs for their loved ones lost to COVID-19.
As of April 12, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications for funeral assistance.
To be eligible, the death must be attributed to the novel coronavirus and have occurred in the United States or its territories. Though the deceased person does not have to have been a U.S. citizen, the applicant must be a resident, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, according to the FEMA website.
Families can receive up to $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,000 per application. The FEMA aid comes from the $1.9 trillion relief bill signed into law March 11 by President Joe Biden.
For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance. To apply, call 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585. FEMA services are available in multiple languages.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate,” Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton said in a recent statement.
To date, more than 25,000 deaths in New Jersey have been attributed to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related illnesses.