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FEMA grants nearly $1.7 million to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for school facilities

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October 25, 2018
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AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $1.7 million to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston to construct a temporary school facility and to lease property for the facility following Hurricane Harvey.


The facility’s 16 temporary classroom buildings and one bathroom building are anticipated to be used for two to three years until the St. Thomas Episcopal School facilities are refurbished. These buildings will be placed on a leased parking lot. The grant includes the monthly lease for restrooms and security services.


The cost of the temporary school facility is more than $1.8 million. The federal share of nearly $1.7 million requires a 10 percent nonfederal match by the applicant, or $188,432.


These funds come from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.


FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides project funding directly to the state for disbursement to the applicants.


For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at, Facebook at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at

Last Updated: 
October 25, 2018 - 13:00