LAREDO, Texas – FEMA has started accepting applications for funeral assistance for Texans who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19.
The assistance program is part of the American Rescue Plan, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Laredo, said in a news release.
Texans who paid for funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, for someone whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral through FEMA. People can call a dedicated call center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays at 844-684-6333 or TTY at 800-462-7585. No online applications will be accepted.
“While no amount of money can heal the loss of a loved one, this grant program can help ease the financial strain on Texans who’ve suffered so much from COVID-19,” said Cuellar, who voted for the rescue plan.
Who Can Apply for Assistance?
- You may qualify if: You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, and the funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
- Individuals may apply for assistance for multiple funerals.
What Information do Texans Need to Provide?
The applicant responsible for COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information below when they call FEMA to register for assistance. FEMA recommends gathering this information ahead of the application process.