With NO Fourth Stimulus Check Coming, You’re Eligible for a $9,000 Funeral Benefit

The pandemic had brought grief to several families and it was their mission to help such people during and after such disasters who had dedicated their lives to ease some of the stress and burden caused by the coronavirus.

An organization is providing special stimulus checks to people who need help in covering the cost of funerals during times of need. 

In a November 1 statement, FEMA stated that it has provided over $1.2 billion in COVID funeral support for more than 196,000 people.

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FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created under President Jimmy Carter by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

The agency’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.

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The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the President that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster.

The only exception to the state’s gubernatorial declaration requirement occurs when an emergency or disaster takes place on federal property or to a federal asset—for example, the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or the Space Shuttle Columbia in the 2003 return-flight disaster.

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To apply for the program, you have to be a US citizen, noncitizen national, or a qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January the 20th, 2020.

But if you’ve already received any other stimulus check or a type of assistance for funeral costs, such as a burial benefit associated with a life insurance policy, that will reduce or entirely offset what you’re entitled to under FEMA’s program.

If you have questions regarding disaster assistance for individuals and families, please email AskIA@fema.dhs.gov. 

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