Thousands of Ohioans Eligible for Aid for Covid-19 Funeral Expenses

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Cleveland, OH - Family members of the almost 19-thousand Ohioans who died from covid-19 can soon apply for aid from the federal government to cover funeral costs.

Starting Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin providing aid for funeral expenses incurred for deaths related to Covid-19. The deceased person must have died from Covid-19 in the united states after Jan 20, 2020. Applicants for reimbursement must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens, but the citizenship status of the deceased doesn’t matter. Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral, and a maximum of $35,500 for multiple funerals.

Money for the program was provided by the American Rescue Plan act of 2021 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.

FEMA opens its funeral assistance applications on Monday. Applications can be only submitted over the phone and the line is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The phone number to call is 844-684-6333.

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