Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–1001. Burial assistance program.

(a) Emergency assistance up to a maximum of $1,000 is available for burial and cremation services if the liquid assets of the deceased person at the time of death do not exceed $1,000.

(b) Burial assistance shall be subject to the availability of appropriations. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing in this subchapter shall be construed to create an entitlement to burial assistance for any person.

(c) The Mayor shall implement this chapter within 30 days of April 20, 1999, and shall make quarterly reports to the Council Committee on Human Services on the assistance granted under this program.

(d) Subsections (a) and (b) shall apply as of April 20, 1999.


(Oct. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 13-38, § 1802; Apr. 12, 2000, D.C. Law 13-91, § 166, 47 DCR 520; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 5012, 65 DCR 9388.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5012 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5012 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

For temporary (90-day) addition of section, see § 2 of the Burial Assistance Program Reestablishment Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-180, November 2, 1999, 46 DCR 9740).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2 of the Burial Assistance Program Reestablishment Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-263, February 9, 2000, 47 DCR 1195).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of §§ 1801 and 1802 of the Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Act of 1999, see § 2 of Burial Assistance Program Reestablishment Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-76, April 5, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 2633).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Act 13-180, the “Burial Assistance Program Re-Establishment Emergency Amendment Act of 1999”, see Mayor’s Order 2000-13, January 21, 2000 ( 47 DCR 1025).