Brad Pitt Charitable Foundation built more than 100 houses and went on trial
The famous American actor and producer Brad Pitt was so impressed with the devastation caused by the Katrina hurricane in 2005 that he even founded a special charitable foundation called "Make it Right" to help the victims. He financed the construction of more than a hundred houses for the residents of New Orleans for about 10 years. But now, in early September 2018, many people who received such houses began to sue the charitable foundation because of the "inadequate quality of construction."
How well it all began
Naturally, the definition of “good” refers to the beginning of the work of the Brad Pitt Foundation, and not to the terrible disaster that came to the coast. Recall that Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States at the end of August 2005, has become the most devastating in the history of the country. New Orleans was particularly hard hit, with about 80% of the city’s area under water.
Brad Pitt in New Orleans after the hurricane
The Make it Right Charitable Foundation was founded by a famous Hollywood actor almost immediately after a hurricane. Moreover, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2005 even temporarily moved to New Orlenan, buying a five-bedroom mansion for $ 2.3 million. Residents of the affected city were really very pleased with the attention of “real stars”, and the foundation immediately began to build houses to help the victims. Over the decade, “Make it Right” built and transferred to the city 109 different types of houses.
The joy of completing the construction of a new home
Brad Pitt personally spoke with residents and suggested that they choose not only the color of new houses, but also some of the building parameters and the height of the piles that “lifted” the houses above the ground. At the expense of the fund, the necessary household appliances were installed in the houses, solar panels were placed on the roofs, allowing to save on utility bills. Brad Pitt attracted several famous architects to design new homes and after a while the entire area with brand new modern houses turned into a tourist attraction. It seemed that this "idyll will last forever."
Something did not go as planned
We will immediately clarify that houses were not transferred to residents for free, but were officially bought from the Make it Right Foundation for very small, by American standards, but quite tangible amounts - around $ 100-130 thousand per building. Of course, the new modern spacious equipped houses stood out clearly against the background of the affected city, and the foundation took over most of the costs. But over time, after ten years of operation, the buildings began to wear out, and residents complained of poor health.
Houses built by Make it Right in New Orleans
The Make it Right Foundation was going to build about 150 houses in one of the New Orleans districts - as of 2016, about $ 27 million was officially spent on more than a hundred homes. Unfortunately, there were massive complaints from residents on the fungus and mold in buildings, problems with electricity and gas. According to some experts, the houses were built too quickly and without taking into account the climatic features of the area.
One of the new homes from Brad Pitt
To date, the fund’s office in New Orleans has been closed, the site has not been updated for several years, and the plan for 150 new homes has not been fulfilled. Last week, two more people sued Brad Pitt and Make it Right, accusing the organization of “breach of contract and fraudthat they sold homes with defects and with inadequate quality. " A spokesman for the actor published an official statement on behalf of the foundation and Brad Pitt: “We began an extensive inspection of the houses immediately after the tenth anniversary of Katrina. Thanks to the dedication of the team, we coordinated the renovation of homes that have experienced problems since the beginning of 2018, and I fully believe in our team. I made a promise to people to help them rebuild houses, and this promise I intend to fulfill. "