May 14, 2018

Guillen Alerts School Districts To Apply For Hurricane Harvey Grants By May 15th


AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) wants school administrators within the district to be aware that they can now apply for additional Hurricane Harvey recovery grants.


"These grants are a great help for schools in the district," said Guillen. "Our educators are such an important part of our community, and some of our schools were already pressed for funding and space before they took on these displaced students. I know that any extra funding that we can get to them will be much appreciated and well deserved."


These additional grants, called the Assistance to Homeless Children and Youth Grants and Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students Grants, are available to schools which enrolled new students displaced by the hurricane, or those already enrolled whose homes were damaged during the disaster. These grants come on the heels of other federal funding, including $500 million that was made available for local and county governments, $600 million in hazard mitigation funding, and $10 billion that was approved by Congress to be disbursed to the State.


Coming from a family of school teachers, Representative Guillen understands the value of a good education and the importance of our local schools. That's why he wants to ensure that children continue to get a good education within the district.


"We still have a lot to do in the recovery effort. The schools of our District have really stepped up. They've taken on the responsibility of making sure displaced students have the opportunity to continue their education without delays. These funds will help our schools accommodate the new students and their families, and our community will be stronger and closer for it," said Guillen.


The deadline for applicants is Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. The application and information can be found on the Texas Education Agency's website.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and