Start date, application information and clarifications for FEMA funeral assistance program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will begin taking applications for its COVID-19 funeral assistance on April 12, 2021. All applications must be made by phone by calling 844-684-6333. The application call center will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST). Applicants will then submit supporting documentation online, by mail, or by fax.

FEMA announces details of COVID-19 funeral assistance program

On March 24, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced long-awaited details of its COVID-19 funeral assistance program. In the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress allocated funds for FEMA to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.

Pennsylvania relaxes gathering limits again, including for funeral services

For the second time in two weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf has relaxed Pennsylvania’s limits on attendance at gatherings, such as funeral services. On March 15, 2021, the Governor announced that indoor events and gatherings are limited to 25% of maximum capacity and outdoor events and gatherings are limited to 50% of maximum capacity, regardless of the size of the venue. Although a formal order has not been issued yet, the Governor said that these changes are effective starting April 4, 2021.

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