--In the city of Toledo, the Cemetary Office handles the burial of indigents, and here are there procedures.
**However, as of Sept 24th, the link has been down for a week. I called the cemetery department of the city of Toledo, (419 9363081), and they said they were revamping. However, one of their staff told me that you had to go through a funeral home. Have 2 pieces of mail to the deceased within 60 days of death to prove city residency, and have them do the paperwork with the city of Toledo.
--FYI, here's a page from the Ohio Legislative Services (albeit 2007) on the obligation of local and state government to provide burial or cremation for certain poor people, like veterans and residents of state institutions. According to 9.15 of the Ohio Revised Code, if an indigent person dies and is not a resident of an institution, the city or municipality must pay for the cost of a burial or cremation. The government body is not absolved of the cost of a burial or cremation if the body is claimed by an indigent person.
--Some counties help with indigent funerals. In Florida, contact your county's human services agency.
--In Oregon, indigent burial costs can be applied for at the state Department of Health.
--In Pennsylvania, here's the state regulations and who to contact for indigent burial.
--In Alaska, here's the site of the state social service agency that has "limited" funds for that.
--In Alabama, the county has the responsibility to provide a small sum for the burial of indigents, and those whose relatives cannot bury them. In the case of deaths on the job, the employer is supposed to pay up to $3000 towards the funeral.
--In Illinois, it's covered by the Department of Family and Community Services, and here's the informational link. For more information, call (217) 524-5294 or (217) 558-6653.
--In the District of Columbia, there's the Department of Human Services, which will give $800 towards a funeral or $450 for a cremation. The total cost of the funeral cannot be over $2000.
--In Louisiana, the burial of paupers may be paid for by the municipality or parish where they died, with each city or parish establishing the maximum amount paid. If the pauper were in a state institution, the state of Louisiana is responsible for their burial.
--In Georgia, the county deals with costs for the burial of indigents, and you start by contacting the county's Department of Social Services. Here's a useful publication to give more details--see #16.
--Here's the state information on indigent burial assistance in the state of Indiana.
--For indigent people of the Jewish faith in the New York City area, the Hebrew Free Burial Association will provide a religiously and culturally appropriate funeral.