(WEHT)– 150,000 people who lost loved ones to COVID-19 have received money to pay for funeral costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has paid more than $1 billion to help families with funeral expenses.
The government is giving out up to $9,000 for each person who lost their battle to COVID-19. People who can prove they lost a family member due to the virus can receive up to $35,000. FEMA has provided funeral assistance in the past but never on this scale.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 619,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19.
You can apply for FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program here.