Brad Pitt Foundation Reaches Louisiana Homes Deal


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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation on Tuesday reached a $20.5 million settlement over Louisiana homes.

The Times-Picayune’s New Orleans attorney reported Wednesday that each of the 107 homeowners in the program will be eligible to receive $25,000 in reimbursement for previous shoddy home repairs, pending judge approval.

Pitt founded the company in 2007 with the help of award-winning architects two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and essentially washed away what would become the Make It Right enclave.

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has reached a deal on Louisiana homes.
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The foundation began building the homes in 2008, eventually erecting 109 homes that allowed residents to return to the neighborhood they called home before the storm hit. The forward-thinking dwellings were hailed as being stormproof, solar-powered, highly insulated, and “green.”

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The homes were priced at $150,000 for residents who received relocation funding, government grants and donations from the foundation itself. The association, however, never reached its goal of building 150 houses.

At first Pitt and his foundation were praised, but 10 years later many residences are complaining of sagging porches, moldy wood and leaky roofs.

One of the modular homes built by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is seen in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward February 5, 2013.

One of the modular homes built by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation is seen in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward February 5, 2013.
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The Make It Right Foundation has addressed flaws in architecture in the past. In 2015, Pitt’s charity sued the maker of an eco-friendly, water-resistant wood when the product didn’t hold up in Louisiana’s climate.

Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation has built 109 homes for residents of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has built 109 homes for residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.
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In 2018, the organization’s lawyers sued their own architect for design flaws, and in 2021 they sued the former executive director, treasurer and other officials for mismanaging the project.

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In 2018, Pitt’s foundation was hit by a lawsuit filed by two residents, Lloyd Francis and Jennifer Decuir. Their attorney, Ron Austin, shared a statement with NOLA.com at the time.

Brad Pitt speaks at a press conference to unveil the site and design for his Make It Right program on December 3, 2007.

Brad Pitt speaks at a press conference to unveil the site and design for his Make It Right program on December 3, 2007.
(Photo by Chris Graythen)

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“While the citizens of the Ninth Ward are grateful to Brad Pitt, they have been forced to take this legal action because the Make it Right Foundation has built substandard homes that are deteriorating at a rapid rate while homeowners are stuck with mortgages on properties that have diminished values,” Austin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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