(The Hill) — The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) on Tuesday introduced that over $2 billion in funding has been allotted for funeral prices of about 300,000 American households that misplaced a cherished one for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started.
“FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program has helped provide over 300,000 people with critical financial relief during a time of such unexpected, unimaginable and widespread loss,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell mentioned, in accordance to The Related Press.
Underneath the COVID-19 Funeral Help program, up to $9,000 in funeral bills are lined per particular person. On common, about $6,500 has been given to households per loss of life, the company said, in accordance to The AP.
The company additionally reportedly introduced on Tuesday that it’s set to launch a paid advert marketing campaign in 4 states which have had excessive charges of COVID-related deaths however low requests for funeral reimbursement. These states embody New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and California.
“Our new outreach campaign is designed to reach families, especially across underserved communities, where the cost of a funeral can be a financial burden to a loved one,” Criswell mentioned, in accordance to The AP. “Our goal is to help families apply for assistance, as well as submit all required documents for existing applications.”
To ensure that households to be eligible for help, they have to present loss of life certificates that present proof that COVID-19 was the reason for loss of life of a cherished one who died after Could 16, 2020.
For conditions through which the loss of life occurred prior to that date, a signed assertion from a health worker detailing the reason for loss of life have to be provided as well as to the loss of life certificates, the information outlet famous.
The Hill has reached out to FEMA for remark.