CHICAGO – After many Illinois families suffered losses due to the pandemic, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is encouraging those who lost a loved one to COVID-19 to apply for FEMA’s Funeral Assistance Program.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in countless ways, but those facing the largest burdens are those who lost a loved one due to the coronavirus,” said Collins. “In addition to the emotional toll losing a loved one can take on a family, funeral expenses are an additional financial burden.”
To help families find financial relief after losing a loved one due to COVID-19, Collins is encouraging eligible families to apply for FEMA’s Funeral Cost Assistance Program. This program may help families cover up to the full cost of funeral expenses accrued after Jan 20, 2020. According to the CDC, there are more than 21,000 families in Illinois alone that are eligible for federal funeral reimbursement funding. Residents can apply for FEMA’s Funeral Assistance Program by calling 844-684-6333, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The application process should take less than 20 minutes to complete and is accessible in multiple languages.
“Losing a loved one is a difficult tragedy to overcome, and many families need financial help to get back on their feet due to the high costs of funeral expenses,” Collins said. “During these difficult times, it is important that the whole community work together to overcome the many challenges that all of our friends and neighbors are facing.”