Biden Administration to offer up to $9k in Funeral Aid for families of COVID-19 victim

People who died in Covid -19 in the United States will get help to cover the funerary costs by the Biden administration as it is set to launch a massive relief program next week to help the families of the descent.In what is expected to be the largest such program ever offered by the federal government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin accepting applications starting April 12 through a dedicated phone line. The agency has provided similar assistance to families of natural disaster victims in the past, such as after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Amid the opening coronavirus pandemic, FEMA will provide up to $9,000 per funeral if applicants meet certain conditions. The death must have occurred in the U.S or its territories,   and ”the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to Covid -19,” according to FEMA.

While each applicants must be ”a  U.S citizen, non- citizen national or qualified alien,” according to the FEMA , there is no requirement that the person who died had to have any specific citizen who died had to have any specific citizenship status.

Funeral  expenses can be covered only if incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 -the date of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States.

More than 550,000 American have died of COVID-19 so far, with  more than 30.8 million confirmed cases across the country.