DHR Service: Burial Assistance

The Burial Assistance Program provides limited assistance to help with funeral expenses of deceased recipients of assistance programs when their families cannot afford funeral costs.

The program helps by providing a benefit to the funeral director when the deceased individual was either receiving assistance or met the eligibility requirements of a program administered by the Department of Human Resources. Such programs may include – Foster Care, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP), and Medical Assistance. A newborn child who was not a part of the TCA assistance unit and individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may also be eligible. The program provides a payment not to exceed $650 when funeral expenses total less than $2,500. The cost of burial plots, vaults, grave digging, and burial clothing contributed by family members and friends may be excluded when counting funeral expenses.

An application for Burial Assistance must be filed on behalf of the deceased individual. To do this, contact the Local Departments of Social Services in the county where the individual resided.