People who need aid covering the financial costs of funerals for loved ones who died of COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $9,000 in assistance from the federal relief legislation enacted in March. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people,” Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton said in a statement. “Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.”

Be advised, FEMA already has received reports of scammers reaching out to individuals claiming to offer help to apply for this funeral assistance. If anyone contacts you about this program before you have personally registered for aid, it is a scam. FEMA will not contact people prior to registration.

Join our Disaster Relief Unit for a live presentation on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 11 AM at http://www.Facebook.com/LoneStarLegalAid, for a discussion on the details of this assistance.

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