• The San Juan Daily Star

FEMA offering assistance for funeral expenses related to COVID-19


By The Star Staff


With the recent increase of families in Puerto Rico that have had funeral expenses related to the coronavirus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges them to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.


FEMA seeks to ease some of the financial stress that the pandemic has caused throughout island communities, the agency said in a press release.


“To date, more than 1,145 families have applied for FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance in Puerto Rico and we have approved over $2.1 million to help them cope with these expenses. However, the Government of Puerto Rico reports more than 2,800 deceased due to the coronavirus. We are reaching out to those that yet need to apply for this help,” said Idamis de Jesús, the individual assistance leader with the FEMA Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico. “If you or someone you know, had funeral expenses related to COVID-19, we are asking you to call FEMA to apply for assistance right away. We are only accepting applications via phone call.”


To apply for FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, call 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available.


After the initial call, FEMA will send the applicant a request for information, or RFI, which outlines all the documentation needed to process the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application. For further information, applicants can also visit the frequently asked questions section in FEMA’s website at: FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq.


FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.