After her 4-year-old son, Mychal Mouasant Jr., was shot in the city while visiting his father over Labor Day weekend, Angela Gregg’s family had to pay $13,000 for funeral expenses.
Gregg wanted to bury his son; she decided to be cremated instead.
“The money is not there,” Gregg said Monday, speaking at St. Sabina is on the South Side.
Gregg said she applied for state funding to help victims of gun violence but is still waiting to be reimbursed.
“Every child deserves to grow up free from gun violence, but when their innocent lives are cut… families are heartbroken. This is too much tragedy, too much loss for these families. State Senator Jacqueline Collins said.
Collins, D-Chicago, is funding the Mychal Moukeeper Jr. Funeral and Funeral Assistance Act, which would allow the state to pay funeral and burial service providers up to $10,000 lament for a person under the age of 17 to die from gun violence. This amount will go to families with incomes under $40,000.
“Families that meet the income criteria will only have to submit simple paperwork to a service provider,” said Dr Dave Nayak, founder of the community nonprofit Strength to Love Foundation. funeral, then they can bury their child without financial hardship. a supporter of the bill.
According to supporters of the bill, the average cost of a funeral is about $9,400.
Collins said the state’s current program requires families to pay first and then wait to be reimbursed.
“It involves an often lengthy review and evaluation process, which can take months or even years, before a final decision is reached,” says Collins.
Collins said conversations about her proposed legislation are ongoing with Governor JB Pritzker and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
Nayak said the bill seeks about $350,000 annually over the next three years to fund funeral expenses statewide.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/fund-proposed-to-pay-for-burying-children-killed-by-gun-violence/2745370/ Foundation proposes to pay for burial of children killed by gun violence – NBC Chicago