According to 12NewsNow and the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to several Orange County school districts. As seen in its mission statement, the Rebuild Texas Fund has committed to helping areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey to recover but focuses on smaller communities. Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD received $500,559 and West Orange Cove CISD received $578,565.
These funds are desperately needed in these communities, which were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey. It is unfortunate that there is such a gap between the occurrence of the natural disaster and the allocation of the funding. With all of the technology available to government, businesses, and individuals, I’m not sure why there is about a two-year gap between the disaster and funding appropriation unless the traditional excuse of government red-tape is the culprit. There must be a better way to bridge that gap to get funding into needy communities in a more timely fashion.