FEMA continues to provide Utahns with funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID

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ST. GEORGE — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $6.6 million in assistance for funeral expenses, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the agency.

FEMA continues to provide financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to COVID-19 to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.

Figures released this week, show that 951 Utahns have received more than $6.6 million in assistance, according to the news release.

This assistance includes reimbursement for, but is not limited to, cremation, burial expenses, transfer of remains, markers or headstones, transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual and other costs.

Up to $9,000 per funeral is available for eligible expenses, with a maximum of $35,500 per application. There is currently no end date for this program.

You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien to apply. However, there is no eligibility requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.

To apply, call FEMA at 844-684-6333. Or you may call 800-462-7585, which is a special, dedicated toll-free phone number to apply for COVID-19 funeral assistance with help from FEMA representatives. It is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. Multilingual services are available.

Find information about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program online.

To see a list of continuously updated frequently asked questions visit this website.

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