NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) announced an additional $17.3 million in federal aid to Holy Cross School for the building of its new facility.
FEMA has obligated four new public assistance grants to the middle and high school. The $17.3 million will actualize final project costs at the school’s Central Services Building, Lee Hall Middle School Building, Administration Building and Moreau Hall High School Building.
“For the Tigers, this new year marks the fruition of a tremendous amount of recovery foresight and work by the school’s administration,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office Interim Director Mark Landry. “With an establishment in New Orleans dating back to 1849 and a new Gentilly campus complete, Holy Cross School has both a rich history in this city’s past and a promising presence in the future.”
“This is an exciting time for the Holy Cross family and for New Orleans,” said Robin Keegan, LRA executive director. “Anytime we can help students get back into classrooms is a proud day for the city’s recovery.”
To date, FEMA has provided more than $71.3 million to Holy Cross School.
“FEMA has been instrumental in the recovery and rebirth of our school. Without the contributions from FEMA for our temporary facilities and the replacement of our permanent buildings we would not have been able to continue our 160 year tradition of providing educational opportunities for the young men of the New Orleans area. For this assistance, we will be eternally grateful,” said Charles J. DiGange, Holy Cross School headmaster and 1964 graduate.
While the new Holy Cross campus officially opened in Gentilly this past school year, construction crews were ever present over the past few months as work continued on the administrative offices and school’s library.
With the school’s construction completely finished, the Holy Cross family will dedicate its new campus later this spring.
Further information on the Holy Cross “Rebirth Celebration” and campus dedication event can be found at www.holycrosstigers.com/.
When FEMA approves projects through its supplemental Public Assistance grant, the funds are transferred to a federal Smartlink account. Once the funds have reached this account, the applicant can request reimbursement from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for eligible work completed.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.