Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The Office of Burial Services office hours for the public are limited to Wednesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM until further notice.

To address the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HRA issued an emergency rule to:

  • Increase the burial allowance from $900 to $1,700 and increase the cap on burial costs from $1,700 to $3,400. 
  • Extend the timeframe for when you can apply to 120 days from the date of the individual‘s death. 

Applications received on or after March 12, 2020 will be considered for the increased burial assistance allowance. All applications received will be reviewed regardless of immigration status.

Need something else?

Financial assistance from the Human Resources Administration (HRA) may be available for up to $900 to meet funeral expenses for a low-income New York City resident who passed away.

Eligible burial expenses may not cost more than $1,700.

You can get an application for benefits with written instructions.


Download burial claim instructions and an application.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

You can submit your completed application:

By Email

In Person or By Mail

NYC HRA Office of Burial Services
33-28 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor 
Long Island City, NY 11101

By Fax

(917) 639-0476