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Brad Pitt’s New Orleans Housing Project

Updated on August 13, 2019
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Helping People of New Orleans

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

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

Though some of the people he helped are biting the hand that feeds, his program is 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 blowdown, and not go down under any circumstances. The Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood star indicated that building such 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 experience 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 catastrophe. To some, that may seem impossible, but they did it with the idea of raising the homes three feet above the ground, they withstand being blown down by a hurricane.

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

The homes in Pitt and Holmes designed 150 homes like this one for the people who were left homeless after Katrina in Midsummer 2005.
The homes in Pitt and Holmes designed 150 homes like this one for the people who were left homeless after Katrina in Midsummer 2005.

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Solar Panels

Of course, solar panels play a relevant part in the project as well as other environmental 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 the rebuilding of their homes that will withstand environmental catastrophes, knowing historically such incidences occur. 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 are setting 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, and they believe communities should be fully engaged 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 offer the power to 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 community. 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 foundations 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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