Financial assistance for burials is available through the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), as well as the Actors fund for those who qualify. The Hebrew Free Burial Association can also provide assistance.
NYC Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Burial Assistance
DESCRIPTION OF HRA’S BURIAL ASSISTANCE
Burial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident may be available from the Human Resources Administration Office of Burial Assistance (OBA). HRA has issued an emergency rule increasing the burial allowance from $900 to $1,700. This emergency rule has been extended through December 31st, 2020.
In addition, the burial cap has increased to $3,400. If the funeral bill exceeds the $3,400 cap, the cost of the burial plot, grave opening or cremation will be deducted from the total bill and when the remaining bill is less than $1,700 a burial allowance will be approved.
The time in which a relative, friend or organizational friend of the decedent can file an application for a Burial Allowance Application Form M-860W within 120 days from the date of death.
OBS requires the following:
- A Burial Allowance Application form M-860W completed and signed
- One original certified copy of the Death Certificate (which will be returned to the applicant)
- A copy of the funeral contract, signed by the Funeral Director and the person who made the funeral arrangements.
- A copy of the cemetery or crematory bill
- The original itemized funeral bill signed by the Funeral Director and notarized; the bill must be stamped “paid-in-full” if the charges have been paid and the applicant is seeking reimbursement.
During the pandemic an electronic signature can be used by a person in lieu of a signature.
For additional information, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page or call 929-252-7731.
QUALIFYING FOR HRA’S BURIAL ASSISTANCE
To be eligible, the low-income decedent must not have resources or assets available to pay for their funeral and the legally responsible relative who applies for the allowance must also be unable to pay the funeral bill. There is no immigration criteria.
APPLYING FOR HRA’S BURIAL ASSISTANCE
The application for burial expenses, including the above documentation, must be filed in person within 120 days of death by the legally responsible relative or other individual who authorized the funeral. Application may be made by e-mail, by fax or in person at the:
NYC HRA Office of Burial Services
32-28 Northern Blvd., 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
For an application, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/benefits/burial_claim_app_en.pdf.
Center for Independence of the Disabled
Can assist with the application process and needed documentation.
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Fact sheet on funeral planning during COVID-19. To access the fact sheet in other languages, click here.
Actors Fund – Burial Assistance
DESCRIPTION OF ACTORS FUND – BURIAL ASSISTANCE
The Actors Fund provides financial assistance with the cost of funerals and provide a gravesite with a headstone to those in need. In addition, The Fund offers pre-paid arrangements for those interested in purchasing a gravesite.
QUALIFYING FOR ACTORS FUND – BURIAL ASSISTANCE
To receive financial assistance toward the cost of a funeral and application, documentation of earnings and cost of the funeral is required. In general, eligibility for financial assistance is based on:
- A minimum of five years of entertainment industry paid employment, with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
- Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $2,000 for each of those years, and
- Financial need.
APPLYING FOR ACTORS FUND – BURIAL ASSISTANCE
To apply call 212-221-7300, ext. 119 or send an email to email@example.com .
For more information go to https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/funeral-burial-assistance.
Hebrew Free Burial Association
The Hebrew Free Burial Association provides removal of the deceased from his or her current location, preparation of the body, transportation of the deceased to the cemetery for burial, and coordination with the necessary government agencies.
For more information, visit https://www.hebrewfreeburial.org.