Brad Pitt Builds 6 Homes for Hurricane-Struck Families, More to Follow

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2008 |

Brad Pitt made several New Orleans families who lost their homes in the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina happier. The well-known and wealthy actor built six houses in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood and several families will move in. It will be those families’ first holidays spent in their home since the destructive hurricane struck.

The houses were built with funds from Pitt's Make It Right foundation which was launched a year ago and aims to build 150 energy-efficient homes in a section of New Orleans where Hurricane Katrina broke levees in the summer of 2005 causing enormous damage.

Although Pitt is very happy to see the families moving in their new homes, the actor said it’s a “push-pull” for him because he cannot stop thinking about the other families who are still homeless.

“The excitement is that it's being proven, that it's working. The frustration is that we have a long way to go," Brad Pitt said according to The Associated Press.

Two other homes are under construction and the erection of 14 other begins in early 2009.

"You're going to see 100 homes here, mark my words. It's nice to see a few, but I'm anxious to see 100, 150, 1,000.," he said, adding that the Lower 9th Ward will most likely become one of the largest "green" neighborhoods in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Pitt and his lovely partner Angelina Jolie appeared at a screening of the actor’s new film "The Curious case of Benjamin Button." The two were, as expected, the highlight of the red carpet. Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. chose to hold a special screening in New Orleans because the shooting for the film was done there.


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