Brad Pitt’s Foundation Facing Lawsuit Over New Orleans Homes
Plaintiffs are reporting sickness, headaches and infrastructural issues. Pitt formed Make it Right in 2007, two years after Katrina destroyed what would become an enclave the foundation built up again.
“Essentially, Make It Right was making a lot of promises to come back and fix the homes that they initially sold these people and have failed to do so,” Austin said.
150 avant-garde homes that were storm-safe, solar-powered and green were planned beginning in 2008. The average price was $150K. Flash forward a decade and $26 million later, construction has stopped with 110 homes built, many of which are falling apart. In 2014, the foundation shelled out an average of $12,000 each on 39 homes to replace rotting timber. A year after that, despite the issues, Pitt expressed happiness and satisfaction over the project: “I get this swell of pride when I see this little oasis of color and the solar panels. I drive into the neighborhood and I see people on their porch, and I ask them how is their house treating them? And they say, ‘Good.’ And I say ‘What’s your utility bill?’ And they’ll throw something out like, ’24 bucks’ or something, and I feel fantastic.”
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