Emergency Broadband Benefit
Households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for up to $50/month discount for broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.
Who: A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
When: Beginning Wednesday, May 12
How: Visit https://getemergencybroadband.org to apply online, call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, or contact your internet provider directly.
Further Details: The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. For more information and answers to FAQs, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
FEMA will be providing financial assistance of up to $9,000 to cover funeral expenses for each COVID-19 related funeral that occurred after January 20, 2020.
Who: To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions: the death must have occurred in the United States, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19, and the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
When: Beginning Monday, April 12
How: Call 844-684-6333 Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM. There is no online application.
Documentation Needed to Apply:
- An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
- Funeral expense documents that include the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
- Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA will not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
Further Details: An applicant may receive Funeral Assistance for funeral costs up to $9,000 for each COVID-19 related funeral for which they are responsible. This assistance may be provided for multiple deceased persons under one registration up to a maximum of $35,500 (Unemployment LWA funds of up to $1,800 will be subtracted from that maximum). If you are eligible for funeral assistance, you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance.
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