Federal Funeral Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications for funeral assistance in Hawaii for those who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19.

The funeral assistance program was included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law in Mary by President Joe Biden.

“While no amount of money can heal the loss of a loved one, this grant program can help ease the financial strain on those who’ve suffered so much from COVID-19,” said Congressman Ed Case.

Qualified applicants must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen or a qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020 for an individual whose death may have been cause by or was likely the result of COVID-19.

Applicants may receive up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral. They can also apply for assistance after multiple funerals.

There will be no online applications for the funeral assistance program. Applicants must call FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585, Monday to Friday, from 9am EST to 9pm EST.

The applicant responsible for the COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information when call FEMA to apply for the assistance:

– Social Security number for the applicant and the deceased individual
– Date of birth for the applicant and deceased individual
– Current mailing address of the applicant
– Current phone number of the applicant
– Location and address where the deceased individual passed away
– Burial or funeral insurance policies information
– 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)

To learn more about the funeral assistance program, visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq.

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