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.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 provides FEMA $2 billion to reimburse individuals and households for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred between Jan. 20 and Dec. 31, 2020.
We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. In April, FEMA will implement a funeral assistance program for this assistance.
Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.
We are working to set up a dedicated toll-free phone number that can be used to apply for funeral assistance. More information will be available on this page soon.
Who is Eligible?
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 directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
How to Apply
In April, FEMA will begin accepting applications. If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:
An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the decedent’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral Assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance or financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government programs or agencies, or other sources.
How Funds are Received
If you are eligible for funeral assistance, you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you chose when you applied for assistance.
Columbia County Office of the Aging
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IMPORTANT NOTICE for Austerlitz Residents
Should you need assistance during this time with non-medical emergencies you may reach out to your Town Board:
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If you need medical attention related to the Corona virus, contact
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Please continue to keep yourself and your family safe.
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Please be advised, that by order of the Town Supervisor, the Town Hall will be closed until further notice. Notification will be given when this changes.
Each department will be monitoring phone calls and emails and will return both in a timely manner. See contact information on department web pages. Any applications or paperwork for the building department, assessor, town clerk or any other department should be submitted by mail for remote processing. Please include phone number and email so each department head can confirm receipt and discuss the submission.
Any updates will be posted on our website as appropriate.
It is our hope that by working together during this most difficult time, that we will get through this as a community concerned for the health and safety of each other.