BY FREDA MIKLIN
The United States Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) is asking that all Americans be reminded that the federally funded financial assistance for funeral expenses for COVID-19 victims remains open and available.
This program is for families of those who died as a result of contracting COVID—19. To be eligible for reimbursement, family members must have paid for and have receipts for expenses including but not limited to those incurred for burial, cremation, markers or headstones, and transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual. FEMA will reimburse qualified family members for up to $9,000 in eligible expenses for each deceased individual, regardless of the income level of the deceased or the income level of the family member who paid the eligible expenses. All expenses have to have been incurred after January 20, 2020. Only U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens may apply to receive reimbursement for qualified expenses from this program, however the deceased family member need not have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
FEMA has announced that as of November 2, 1,487 Coloradans have received more than $8.3 million in assistance for funeral expenses. There is currently no end date for this program. To begin the application process, call FEMA at 844-684-6333 Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Multilingual services are available.
For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic