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FEMA Enacts Funeral Expenses Assistance Program For COVID Victims

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Starting this week, families who lost loved ones from COVID-19 can now get help with funeral expenses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited New Yorkers to announce the program.

“When you see children and grandchildren pushing their faces up against the thick glass of the hospital divider saying goodbye to grandma, grandma, mom, dad, no kisses, no hugs, no touching. And then adding insult to injury, since so many families can’t afford it, they can’t give that loved one a proper funeral and a proper burial,” Schumer said.

The program will reimburse families up to $9,000 in funeral and burial expenses since January 2020.

To qualify, the applicant must be a legal resident, and COVID-19 must be included on the death certificate of the deceased.

To get burial relief, contact 844-684-6333.