Mar. 30, 2022

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania residents who incurred funeral expenses for a COVID-19-related death are encouraged to apply for federal assistance to help ease the financial burden brought on by the pandemic, said Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) COVID-19 funeral assistance program will provide financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to the virus. To be eligible, the COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States and the death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19. Assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.

Eligible applicants can apply for the funeral assistance program by calling FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays to begin the application process.

FEMA has provided $2 billion to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for the more than 445,000 applications the program has received. In Pennsylvania, more than 16,000 applications have been submitted as of January 2022, and FEMA has provided nearly $73 million in assistance.

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Representative Karen Boback
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs