A federal program that helps cover funeral expenses of people who died of COVID-19 has been flooded with 130,000 applications, according to the rep.
This staggering figure represents approximately 20 percent of the 570,000 Americans killed by coronaviruses.
The new federal reimbursement program Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck was taken by Schumer; This allows those whose relatives died from COVID-19 to collect upwards of $ 9,000 for funeral and burial costs.
AOC gave an update on the program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a virtual town hall meeting on Friday night.
Congressmen said the figures are preliminary and may include duplicate applications.
But statistics show that the COVID-19 funeral aid program is extremely popular – and much needed, she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said, “The raw number represents 20 percent of the total deaths for COVID-19.”
He also reported that 13,000 applications were filed by New Yorkers to reimburse funeral expenses.
The AOC stated that FEMA has already processed the reimbursement check.
The COVID funeral assistance program began on 13 April.
Lawmakers first announced the initiative in early February, stating that FEMA would provide $ 2 billion in funeral aid funds – with about $ 200 million expected to go to New Yorkers.
“We were the epicenter of the earthquake,” the AOC said, describing how the COVID epidemic devastated the city and its own Queens-Bronx congressional district.