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Indigent Cremation Program


Purpose: Provides a dignified burial/cremation to eligible citizens of Palm Beach County who meet the eligibility requirements.


I. What do I need to apply?

Two forms of identification are required for each household member.

For each adult household member the following is required:

  • A Picture Identification Card
  • Social Security Card

For individuals under the age of eighteen (18), the following information is required:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card

Other information may be required to include but not limited to the following:

  • Alien Registration Card (Current)
  • Employment Permit
  • Voters Registration Card
  • Current School Records
  • Certificate of Naturalization

II. Income verification - income is verified for the past three (3) months. Individual must be at or below 110% of the Federal Poverty Level Income Guidelines- FPLG (click here to access current FPLG). If an individual is under 18 years of age, the case is opened in the name of a parent. Verification of gross income includes, but is not limited to:

  • check stubs, W-2, or current income tax statement
  • a print-out sheet from Work And Gain Economic Sufficiency (WAGES) or 3 months of WAGES check stubs.
  • a statement and/or wage form completed by past employers.
  • a print out sheet from unemployment compensation
  • verification of benefits from the Social Security Office.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Social Security Act (SSA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • TPQY
  • documentation of child support
  • documentation of alimony
  • documentation of veteran benefits
  • documentation of pension benefits

III. Assets - individual/family assets must not exceed $2000.00 for an individual or $3000.00 for a family.

Note: Where possible assets are defined as any tangible item of value excluding homestead property and primary car and/or those assets defined through WAGES, as appropriate. Primary car is one that is used for medical, educational and employment purposes.

Verification includes:
  • checking and/or savings account statement over the past three (3) months
  • property tax statement
  • legal description of property verified by Property Appraiser's Officed. Proof of stocks and bonds
  • proof of certificate of deposit
  • proof of cash surrender value of life insurance policy(ies)

IV. Residency - the individual/family shall be a resident of Palm Beach County.
Verification includes:

  • voter registration card
  • current property tax bill
  • current lease/rent receipt
  • utility bills
  • current mortgage statement
  • current vehicle registration
  • local school registration, or
  • other appropriate documents

V. Legal status - the individual/family must provide documentation of legal status.

  • I-94
  • I-9 (employment authorization)
  • green card
  • Social Security card
  • birth certificate

VI. Who can apply?

  • Anyone can apply, including family members, friends and funeral homes. An application packet may be downloaded by clicking here . It may be completed on-line and printed out. It cannot be submitted on-line nor can a copy be saved to your computer.

VII. How long does the process take?

  • Once the applicant completes all the paperwork the social worker can advise of eligibility. If eligible, payments are made directly to the vendor.

Contact Number:
(561) 355-4766


Important Links - Resource Numbers

  • PBC Palm Tran: 561-841-4200
  • Palm Tran CONNECTION: 561-649-9838
  • Area Agency on Aging's Elder Helpline:1-866-684-5885