The Elk County Courthouse in  the winter of 2020,

The Elk County Courthouse in  the winter of 2020, 

ELK COUNTY--The COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions throughout the world and the loss of all too many lives. The Elk County Commissioners, Fritz Lecker, Matt Quesenberry, and Joe Daghir, have helped coordinate Elk County's response to the crisis over the past two years. From the first COVID-19 CARES program to the CHIRP program that assisted many local restaurants and lodging facilities, and outright grants to Emergency Medical Responders and police stations through the county, the Commissioners have worked to ensure that Elk County weathered the storm that raged over the county. The Commissioners are reaching out to Elk County Residents about a newly implemented program that seeks to assist all families that have suffered the loss of life due to the pandemic.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a foundational member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board and is reaching out to share with its partner agencies, like the Elk County Commissioners, information regarding its COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief to every corner of the nation and has taken the lives of over 700,000 people. The FEMA Program has committed itself to reduce the financial burden of these deaths and is providing individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses with funding for eligible costs. Since FEMA began the program, over one billion dollars in assistance has already been distributed.
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Like other federal assistance, these funds cannot be used in duplication of other programs. FEMA reached out to local governments seeking their assistance to help get the word out to individuals who may be eligible to apply. 
www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance  is the link to the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for guidance, eligibility requirements, and types of services funded. Instructions on applying for this assistance through FEMA's dedicated helpline at 1-844-684-6333 can also be found on the website.
Helpline representatives are trained to provide personal application support and answer any questions regarding program eligibility. Since this program is not administered by United Way Worldwide or the EFSP National Board, all questions should be referred to the FEMA Helpline or its website https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance, for more information.
The Elk County Commissioners are also open for residents' questions in person or over the phone at the Elk County Courthouse Annex, 300 Center Street in Ridgway Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m at (814) 776-1161.

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