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Honolulu City Council Approves Federal COVID-19 Funeral Assistance to COFA Citizens
June 6, 2022

Fellows mentioned in this story: Josie Howard, Cohort VIII

From Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

A federal program grants financial death benefits to families who lost members of their household to COVID-19, but the program largely left out citizens of the Freely Associated States who live in the United States through the Compacts of Free Association.

The Honolulu City Council plans to remedy that by using federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The COFA agreement allows citizens from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau to live, work and travel in the U.S. without a visa in exchange for using their land for military positioning in the Pacific.

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