LAFAYETTE — COVID-19 deaths created a financial pinch on families, and the federal government is stepping in to help relieve some of the burden.

"FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic," the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced in a news release published last week by Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello.

The assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.

Anyone applying for assistance must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, for a death attributed to COVID-19, according to the news release.

If more than one person contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant, according to the news release. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
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