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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Funeral Assistance 

FEMA Advisory  

FEMA COVID-19 Update  

Today, FEMA begins processing applications for funeral assistance. FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  

Key Messages  

  • FEMA has never delivered funeral assistance on this scale before, so we took time to develop and streamline the processes and tools to make this assistance efficient and effective for everyone.  
  • The call center has received thousands of calls this morning, which is causing some technical issues. Some applicants are reaching operators, while others are receiving a busy signal.  
  • We ask that applicants be patient as we work to correct these issues and have all their important documents ready when they call to apply. Please know there is no deadline to apply and applicants will have the ability to open a case.  
  • We will not rush through calls because we intend to make sure that every applicant gets their questions answered and receives the help they need to apply.  
  • Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available.  
  • To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:  
    • The death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.  
    • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.  
    • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.  
  • For fastest service after you have called to apply, submit documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov, or by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.  
  • Applicants can also visit FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website. 
FEMA has provided more than billion to 49  states, Washington, D.C. and four territories for those  unemployed due to COVID-19 through Dec. 27, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. 

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:  

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.

Which expenses will qualify for reimbursement? Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include, but not limited to: 

  • Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
  • The transfer of remains, a casket or urn
  • A burial plot or cremation niche
  • A marker orheadstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
  • The use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing multiple deathcertificates

 

What information do I need to provide to FEMA? 

Please have the following information before contacting FEMA to apply:  

  • Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
  • The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
  • The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
  • Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-profit organizations.
  • If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you can also provide that person as a co-applicant — include their name, social security number and date of birth on the application.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS ASSISTANCE? 

Call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at
1-844-684-6333
(TTY: 800-462-7585)
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET,
Monday – Friday and begin the application process. 

 

For fastest service following your application, you can begin submitting documentation online through 

Disaster Assistance GOV

by fax 855-261-3452.
Documents may also be mailed to:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

You can also visit us online at Funeral Assistance FAQ Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website. 

Promoting Safety, Access, and Inclusion for Every Survivor

Promoting Safety, Access, and Inclusion for Every Survivor

Promoting Safety, Access, and Inclusion for Every Survivor

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SAVE THE DATE!
TUESDAY JUNE 15TH
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
ZOOM REGISTRATION TO COME!

 

Expert panel discussion on fostering healthy and inclusive communities for all survivors of interpersonal violence. 

 

Findings from the New Jersey Needs Assessment for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence with Disabilities will be shared. 

 

SAVE THE DATE! TUESDAY JUNE 15TH 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ZOOM REGISTRATION TO COME! 

 

For more information or to request accommodations: training@ssw.rutgers.edu

 

In collaboration with New Jersey’s Centers for Independent Living, Domestic and Sexual Violence Agencies, and most importantly the individuals directly impacted, the Rutgers Center on Violence Against Women and Children, with funding from the Division of Disability Services, has spent the last year seeking to understand the service needs of survivors of interpersonal violence with disabilities in New Jersey.

 

Please share the attached flyer widely and join us on June 15, 2021, as we unpack the findings and explore next steps. All participants are welcome.  Registration details to follow.

 

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Let Us Help!

Call 201-489-3552

 

Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey

 

The Fair Housing Council
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131 Main Street, Suite 140
Hackensack NJ 07601
201-489-3552
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AVL Update!

AVL Update!

AVL Adjustment to Vision Loss Project

 

AVL Update!

The Adjustment to Vision Loss Project has been thriving with new members joining each week. Not only does hip have 7 monthly group meetings reaching close to 100 consumers each month, we have a new addition to the AVL Program.

Thien began teaching yoga to our AVL consumers in November, volunteering her time on a weekly basis to instruct our hip consumers on how to feel well and practice good health.

Thien has practiced Body and Brain yoga for three years and has been a volunteer yoga instructor for almost a year. Body and Brain yoga practice combines elements from a variety of Eastern practices to enhance one’s physical, mental and energetic health. Each class not only trains the body’s flexibility, strength and balance but helps center awareness inside oneself. Through breathing postures, participants will accumulate energy and strengthen the core, leaving them feeling recharged, relaxed, and refreshed. The practice has locations all over the United States and offers both in-person and online classes. Thien has been teaching classes for the blind and visually impaired as part of the Body and Brain yoga outreach program.

 

Thien teaches classes on Zoom and over the phone. She is passionate about sharing this practice with others through her classes because this yoga practice helps her with her physical health as well as her emotional and spiritual growth. She has developed a stronger connection with herself and feels more at peace. She wants to share the practice so that others may experience similar positive changes.

Thien created a yoga YouTube video for the blind at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQidLT3xHaM

 

Thien has been legally blind since birth. She came to the United States from Vietnam when she was 19 years old. She started high school and graduated third in her class. She attended Stony Brook University on full scholarship where she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Thien has been working for the U.S Department of Labor since 2000 as a Human Resources Specialist. In her free time, she crochets and knits blankets for the Project Linus charity organization and various other outreach projects. During the pandemic, she hand-sewed hundreds of masks for the homeless shelters in New York City.

Thank you to Thien for providing this amazing service to our consumers!

Please email tebel@hipcil.org if you have any questions on this wonderful addition to the AVL program.

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