Rep. Moulton says FEMA has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance

BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started accepting applications for funeral assistance for Massachusetts residents who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19.

On Monday, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton announced that FEMA has officially started accepting applications for funeral assistance for Massachusetts residents who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19.

Rep. Moulton is among the officials who helped pass the funeral assistance program as part of the American Rescue plan.

“The burden of losing a loved one and paying for final expenses is a heavy one to bear, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the hardships,” said Rep. Moulton. “Providing relief to grieving families is the right thing to do.”

This assistance is for Massachusetts residents who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. Also, the funeral expenses were for an individual who passed away within the United States, territories, or the District of Columbia and may have been caused by or were likely the result of COVID-19.

There is a total of $9,000 offered through the assistance per funeral, and individuals can apply for FEMA’s assistance for multiple funerals.

Those interested in applying for assistance can go through FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Officials added that No online applications will be accepted.

For a full list of what will need to be provided to be offered FEMA’s assistance, click here.

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