Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the nancial stress and burden caused by the virus.FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID- 19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
• The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
• The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.
• The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
• There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include, but not limited to:
• Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
• The transfer of remains, a casket or urn
• A burial plot or cremation niche
• A marker or headstone
• Clergy or officiant services
• The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
• The use of funeral home equipment or staff
• Cremation or interment costs
• Costs associated with producing multiple death certificates
Please have the following information before contacting FEMA to apply:
• Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
• The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
• The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
• Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial orfuneral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-pro t organizations.
• If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you canalso provide that person as a co-applicant — include their name, social security number and date of birth on the application.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS ASSISTANCE? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can also visit us online at FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq.
Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website. Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333(TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday and begin the application process. For fastest service following your application, you can begin submitting documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov, by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782