On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance for Floridians who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
The funeral assistance program was part of the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package passed and signed into law last month.
Residents who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral. Individuals may apply for assistance for multiple funerals.
“While no amount of money can heal the loss of a loved one, this grant program can help ease the financial strain put on so many of our families during these already challenging times,” Lawson said on Wednesday.
The applicant responsible for COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information when they call FEMA to register for assistance:
- Social Security number for the applicant and the deceased individual
- Date of birth for the applicant and the deceased individual
- Current mailing address for the applicant
- Current telephone number for the applicant
- Location or address where the deceased individual passed away
- Information about burial or funeral insurance policies
- Information about other funeral assistance received, such as donations
- CARES Act grants and assistance from voluntary organizations
- Routing and account number of the applicant’s checking or savings account (for direct deposit, if requested)
To apply, contact FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET – 9 PM ET.