FEMA tops $ 2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance, announces new campaign to raise program awareness
FEMA tops $ 2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance, announces new campaign to raise program awareness

FEMA tops $ 2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance, announces new campaign to raise program awareness

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced today that it has provided over $ 2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to support more than 300,000 applicants struggling with the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. FEMA is also launching a new outreach campaign and continues to process applications to ensure that this program – already the largest offer of funeral assistance in FEMA’s history – reaches out to additional eligible families in need.

“FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program has helped provide critical financial relief to over 300,000 people in a time of such unexpected, unimaginable and widespread loss,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Our new outreach campaign is designed to reach out to families, especially across underserved communities, where the cost of a funeral can be a financial burden for a loved one. Our goal is to help families apply for help, as well as to submit all necessary documents for existing applications. “

Committed to reaching out to all affected communities, the agency will begin a targeted paid media campaign this month. FEMA recently hired a media contractor to tailor media efforts to reach the most influential population-specific businesses.

These new paid ads will target sites identified with high COVID-related deaths, low funeral assistance application rates, and high social vulnerability data.

The ads will help ensure that information about FEMA’s funeral assistance reaches out to underserved communities that have experienced a high COVID-19 death rate but who have low registrations for assistance.

The four selected areas will be in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

FEMA also hosts media roundtables with several local businesses in African American, Latin American, and Latin American and Pacific American communities to encourage local press to help spread the word about the Funeral Assistance program. In addition, FEMA’s multilingual services, available through the Funeral Assistance Helpline, have provided assistance in 76 different languages ​​at the request of the caller.

Eligible applicants can qualify for up to $ 9,000 for each deceased person. application, with a maximum of $ 35,000 for families who may have additional funeral expenses due to COVID-19. Since aid began on April 12, 2021, the average amount of aid granted is $ 6,500.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the President’s U.S. Rescue Plan gave FEMA the authority to provide COVID-19 funeral assistance and provided the funds for this program.

Further information, including eligibility requirements, can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov. Individuals who have incurred funeral expenses in connection with a COVID-19-related death in the United States or its territories on or after January 20, 2020, may also apply by calling 888-684-6333, Monday – Friday, at 7 p.m. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.

The “Applications” in the table below reflect the number of people who called to begin the assistance process. Please find state-specific information below:

state / territory

Application

Amount approved

Number of prices

Alabama

10,409

$ 47,592,838.29

6,950

Alaska

348

$ 1,058,166.34

205

American Samoa

Less than 10

$ 6,488.60

Less than 10

Arizona

8,588

$ 25,694,432.08

5,272

Arkansas

5,182

$ 21,344,298.98

3,405

California

38,086

$ 168,036,566.34

26,054

Colorado

4,099

$ 13,048,543.12

2,351 th most common

Connecticut

4,536

$ 23,257,962.44

3,353

Delaware

1,320 th most common

$ 5,726,336.69

885

District of Columbia

1,023 th most common

$ 4,487,166.20

673

Florida

31,612 th most common

$ 125,059,053.64

22,318 th most common

Georgia

18,034

$ 84,172,597.15

12,136

Guam

27

$ 84,924.00

12

Hawaii

518

$ 1,778,411.50

299

Idaho

1,748 th most common

$ 6,019,567.77

1,062 th most common

Illinois

17,928 th most common

$ 83,081,807.17

12,127

Indiana

10,033

$ 42,000,641.96

6,000

Iowa

4,078

$ 19,046,269.64

2,647

Kansas

4,006

$ 16,217,233.25

2,491

Kentucky

8,359

$ 37,607,621.78

5,198

Louisiana

8,369

$ 39,383,106.44

5,732

Maine

860

$ 2,644,395.80

486

Maryland

7,392

$ 32,185,153.74

4,777

Massachusetts

8,791

$ 37,950,812.16

5,486

Michigan

16,593 th most common

$ 68,650,389.77

11,157

Minnesota

4,721

$ 19,825,792.59

2,946 th most common

Mississippi

7,290

$ 32,836,209.34

4,870 th most common

Missouri

9,915

$ 40,579,096.22

6,471

Montana

1,236

$ 4,532,322.79

891

Nebraska

2,109

$ 9,353,642.01

1,340 th most common

Nevada

4,411 th most common

$ 14,298,694.61

2,681

New Hampshire

903

$ 3,522,982.17

591

New Jersey

15,223

$ 72,541,952.99

10,561 th most common

New mexico

2,858

$ 8,690,638.82

1,678

New York

35,497

$ 168,611,126.44

24,677

North Carolina

14,913

$ 64,842,965.37

9,873

North Dakota

1,310

$ 6,936,490.06

923

The Northern Mariana Islands

26

$ 34,484.00

Less than 10

Ohio

20.123

$ 84,724,770.89

13,054

Oklahoma

6,846 th most common

$ 28,568,581.02

4,489

Oregon

1,985

$ 5,129,560.56

1,129

Pennsylvania

22,580

$ 102,447,169.86

15,503

Puerto Rico

2,073

$ 4,844,759.02

1,310

Rhode Island

1,646 th most common

$ 8,179,109.83

1,197

South Carolina

10,166

$ 45,974,321.00

6,730

South Dakota

1,245

$ 6,470,665.97

884

Tennessee

13,771 th most common

$ 62,230,078.49

9,091

Texas

41,511

$ 189,568,290.36

29,058

US Virgin Islands

66

$ 256,424.30

41

Utah

2,210

$ 9,639,857.08

1,387 th most common

Vermont

183

$ 629,468.69

111

Virginia

9,847 th most common

$ 41,800,291.86

6,243

Washington

3,548 th most common

$ 11,138,812.45

2,064

West Virginia

3,398

$ 14,3411.17.81

2,111

Wisconsin

7,869

$ 32,506,181.05

4,903

Wyoming

653

$ 2,401,273.07

441

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