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Brad Pitt New Orleans Housing Project

Updated on March 4, 2023
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Community Meeting

Helping People of New Orleans

Brad Pitt started a housing project in Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans after the devasting Katrina hurricane. Pitt's pet project, "Make It Right Foundation," is an example of helping families rebuild their homes.

Celebrity home designer and "Holmes on Homes" TV personality Mike Holmes worked with Pitt on the project. Holmes promotes green living, so working with Pitt and Make It Right was perfect for both.

Though years have passed, the project is still there, and the foundation is not as prominent as it was during the building of the homes. The results are as endearing and heartfelt today as when the people were still recovering from Katrina.

Though some people he helped are biting the hand that feeds, his program is as strong as ever.

Pitt talking with Ellen about his foundation.

"I'll tell you, every time I drive over the Claiborne bridge, no matter what frustration I might be dealing with at the moment, I get this well of pride when I see this little oasis of color and the solar panels."

— Brad Pitt, Country Living Magazine
Pitt designed and built homes like this one for the devasted area.
Pitt designed and built homes like this one for the devasted area.

Building Homes

Holmes and Pitt agreed on building homes that would not burn down, be blown down, and not go down under any circumstances. The Once Upon a Hollywood star indicated that building such a home is not that hard.

After what happened to New Orleans with Katrina in August 2005, building homes based on the environmental conditions is a blessing. New Orleans, Lower Ninth Ward experienced devastation and ruin when the levees broke during the Katrina Hurricane.

"Make It Right Foundation" joined Holmes by building homes to withstand a catastrophe like Katrina, rebuilding the area devasted by the hurricane.

The rebuilding of New Orleans, Lower Ninth Ward, included homes like this one.
The rebuilding of New Orleans, Lower Ninth Ward, included homes like this one.

150 Homes

Pitt and Holmes built 150 homes, each designed to prevent future catastrophes. To some, that may seem impossible, but they did it with the idea of raising the homes three feet above the ground. They withstand the possibility of blowing down by a hurricane.

Looking at the homes in the pictures, you can see how they stand about the ground, stronger and rooted.

Pitt and Holmes designed 150 homes like this one for the people homeless after Katrina in Midsummer, 2005.
Pitt and Holmes designed 150 homes like this one for the people homeless after Katrina in Midsummer, 2005.

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Solar Panels

Of course, solar panels play a relevant part in the project and other environmentally friendly factors such as homes capturing rainwater to reuse for gardening and toilets.

Another designed home orchestrated by Pitt and Holmes.
Another designed home orchestrated by Pitt and Holmes.

No Longer Worried or Stressed

The locals appreciate rebuilding their homes, knowing they will withstand environmental catastrophes, and acknowledging that such incidences have historically occurred. The worry and stress caused by the possible loss of their homes during the next hurricane no longer exist.

In New Orleans, Pitt and Holmes set positive examples for others to follow in a region that we need to give hope and a brighter future.

Make It Right Helps the Unfortunate

Today, the "Make It Right Foundation" believes that everyone has the right to live in a high-quality, healthy home that enhances the natural environment. Sadly, some are less fortunate and need assistance to get started and build a stable home for their lives.

The organization helps those who need help. They believe the program fully engages the communities in defining their own needs and have a leading role in designing appropriate ways to meet those needs.

The foundation supports any design that can help improve the quality of affordable housing and enhance occupants' living conditions. The results are playing a pivotal role in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. Driving the purpose to build safe homes and help those around the world live in a healthy city. The fact that it is affordable with high-quality and environmentally sustainable homes is all the better.

Cradle to Cradle Homes

One of the programs the foundation supports is "Cradle to Cradle Homes." The program is still unique, but hopefully, that will change, and the program will become widespread.

Architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart apply specific criteria to develop communities. They use materials that are biological and technically safe, and renewable with social fairness and human dignity.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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