HUNT VALLEY, Md. (SBG) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications to reimburse Americans for funeral expenses of family members who passed away due to COVID-19. Congress passed the $2 billion funding in December as part of a $900 billion stimulus bill. The funding was promoted by Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and $260 million will be allocated to their home state of New York, which was hit hard by the pandemic last year. The two representatives want to keep the program in place for the rest of the pandemic. Families can be reimbursed up to $7,000 for funeral expenses, retroactive to Jan. 20, 2020. Those who apply will need to submit identifying documentation of the person who died, as well as a death certificate. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, https://nfda.org, the national median cost for a funeral in 2019, including viewing and burial, was $7,640. Ocasio-Cortez said https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/politics/schumer-aoc-funeral-covid-funds/index.html her family struggled with funeral funds for her father when she was 18 years old, saying the expenses "haunted and followed my family, along with many other families in a similar position, for years."
Visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance for additional information on how to apply.