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FEMA has announced that it will provide up to $9,000 for eligible funeral assistance to families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. Families may submit applications for the benefit through a dedicated toll-free number. While nothing can replace those we have lost, this assistance will help alleviate some of the financial burden that families must bear. More information is available here.
Applicants may apply by calling (844) 684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. Multilingual services are available.
FEMA requests that applicants exercise patience through the process and have the required documents and information ready before calling. There is no deadline to apply.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:
·The death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified undocumented individual who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
·The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
·There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified undocumented individual.
For fastest service after calling, applicants are encouraged to submit documentation online through https://www.disasterassistance.gov/, or by fax to (855) 261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.
Applicants can also visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq, where information is provided in several languages.
211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. The 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. 211 Los Angeles County
For COVID-19 information from the cities in our 40th Congressional District, please visit the Coronavirus websites for the cities of Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, Maywood, Paramount, and Vernon. For information on what the County of Los Angeles is doing in response to the coronavirus, click here.
Giving blood saves lives, and ensuring a stable blood supply during this pandemic is VITAL. If you're feeling healthy, you can make an appointment with the Red Cross to give blood at a local drive. Read how at https://redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus--covid-19--and-blood-donation.html.
METRO will be offering frequent updates about service throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Visit metro.net/covid19 for the latest information, and follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.
California DMV Updates: The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has reopened all of its field offices to assist customers with current appointments at the specific office, and limited transactions that require an in-person visit. Behind-the-wheel drive tests are not yet available, and the DMV continues to recommend that customers use other service channels, such as its website and the DMV Virtual Office, including for eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has produced this resource guide to help your families and businesses during this time. The guide has helpful links to LA specific resources, as well as helpful webinars and resources for nonprofits and LA Chamber member organizations.
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to beware of COVID-19-related tax fraud and other financial scams. Read more at http://irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-against-covid-19-fraud-other-financial-schemes.
Beware of contact tracing scams. Contact tracers work with people infected with COVID-19 to get the names and phone numbers for everyone the infected people came in close contact with while they were possibly infectious. People who had contact with someone infected with COVID-19 may first get a text message from the health department, telling them they’ll get a call from a specific number. But scammers pretending to be contact tracers are also sending text messages. While a legitimate text from a health department will only want to let you know you’ll be getting a call, a scammers’ text may include a link to click that will download malicious software onto your device.
Also, please know that GENUINE contact tracers will NOT ask you for money or for personal information like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers. Read more about contact tracing scams here.
Protect yourself when you use mobile banking: With more members of the public using mobile banking apps, partly due to increased time at home, the FBI anticipates cyber actors will try to exploit new mobile banking customers using a variety of techniques, including fake banking apps and app-based banking "trojans" (which are malicious programs that disguise themselves as other apps, such as games or tools). Click here for FBI guidance on how to protect yourself and your organization.
Do you want to report a case of price gouging? Visit stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov and report the wrongdoing to LA County.
Beware of fraudulent charities seeking money during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Do your research before donating, and follow these helpful tips from Attorney General Becerra to avoid charitable giving scams.
NOTE: An image on social media claims to show a fake stimulus check delivered by mail, in a white envelope with a postage stamp from Santa Ana, California. Through the envelope, you may see the words “Credit Stimulus Department” and “Funds Disbursement.” Again, this correspondence is a fake; DO NOT DEPOSIT this check if you receive it.
Other Helpful Government Websites:
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
Small Business Administration Los Angeles District Office: Phone #: 213-634-3855
File for unemployment benefits
Social Security Administration
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Contact Center
USCIS & Public Charge Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information
LA County Resources: Dial 211, or if outside LA County, call (800) 339-6993
Federal Trade Commission Information on Coronavirus Scams
How to Tell The Difference Between a Legitimate Debt Collector and Scammers
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Fraud and Scams
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Protecting Yourself Financially From the Impact of the Coronavirus
Cybersecurity Guidelines from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
Consumer Protection Basics from the Federal Trade Commission
Federal Resources for Elder Care
Aviation Consumer Protection Information from the Department of Transportation
Department of Defense Complaint Hotline
Consumer Product Safety Commission Procedures concerning COVID-19
Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Complaint Database
Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant
Federal Trade Commission Do Not Call Registry
Report International Scams
US Veterans Affairs Coronavirus Updates
US Veterans Affairs Facility Locator Tool