WASHINGTON — In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.
“At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during, and after disasters,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to helping with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.”
To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, for a death attributed to COVID-19.
- If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
- An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
- The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
- This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
- Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:
- An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
- Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
- Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.
For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov.
Are you in a currently eligible tier and still need a vaccine? NOW OPEN TO ANYONE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION!
The Culver City Senior Center will be hosting a 1 time only, 1 day only, vaccination clinic in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
When❓Thursday, March 25, 2021
Where❓Culver City Senior Center – 4095 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90232
- This vaccination clinic is for 1st doses ONLY
- We do not know if the vaccine will be Pfizer or Moderna
- This is open to any individual who is currently eligible
- This vaccination clinic is appointment ONLY‼️
Appointments will be scheduled between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. To schedule an appointment, call the PRCS Department at (310) 253-6650 or (310) 253-6700. You must speak to someone to make an appointment, do not leave voicemails.👍
Applications are being accepted for CA COVID-19 Rent Relief. If you’re behind on rent due to a COVID-19 financial hardship, visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122 to see if you are eligible, and apply.
Se aceptan aplicaciones para Ayuda Con La Renta de COVID-19 de California. Si está atrasado en el pago de la renta debido a una dificultad financiera COVID-19, visite HousingIsKey.com o llame al 833-430-2122 para ver si es elegible y para aplicar.
Some groups in Los Angeles County are already being vaccinated. These groups include staff who work in acute care hospitals, residents and staff at Skilled Nursing Facilities, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. These vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, however, it is not yet clear if it stops them from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long they will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, physically distant, and not gather.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone and will be offered to different groups in phases. It is likely to be available to the general public in Spring/Summer 2021. Please talk to your doctor or sign up for email updates to find out when the vaccine will be available to you.
As usually happens during a crisis, misinformation is circulating about vaccines and scammers are at work trying to cheat people out of their money. See the resources on this page for more information.
[Information is taken from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website]