The New Orleans office of Brad Pitt’s post-Hurricane Katrina housing project Make It Right was seen in a severe state of disrepair in a set of newly-released photos.
The Shawnee, Oklahoma-born actor, 59, launched the nonprofit in 2007, two years after the natural disaster, in an effort to provide residents of the city’s Lower Ninth Ward with low-cost sustainable housing.
The project has been mired in dysfunction for years, with legal battles playing out among residents and internally, as the houses fell into dilapidated condition.
The headquarters of the office, located on Tennessee Street, is in both exterior and interior ruins, as its doors have been torn off, leaving it open to the elements.
Much of the furniture has been stripped from the property, which is dangerously uninhabitable amid considerable damage with the stairs, floor and ceiling. Inside, pipes have been stripped from the walls and garbage is all over the floor.
The latest: The New Orleans office of Brad Pitt’s post-Hurricane Katrina housing project Make It Right is seen in a dilapidated state of disrepair in a set of newly-released photos. The actor, 59, was pictured in July in England
Sad sight: The headquarters of the office, located on Tennessee Street, is in ruins both exterior and interior, as its doors have been torn off, leaving it open to the elements
Disaster zone: The headquarters of the office are in a state of ruin, with the walls torn out and garbage all over the floor
Sources said that a resident in the area has put up signs locally asking the Academy Award-winning actor and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie to fix up his property.
Local residents spoke with photographers about their hopes that the Seven star will follow up on the project amid the substandard conditions.
Steve Conroy, 69, that the Fight Club actor ‘has forgotten about’ the people in the area he set out to help more than 15 years ago.
Conroy added: ‘It was all good when the spotlight was on us but now we’ve been left behind. People are living in condemned buildings with mold. It’s lethal, more than not safe.’
Constance Fowler, 71, said that the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star ‘should be appalled at what has happened’ with the homes and the state they are in, as well as the office, which remains ‘in a dangerous state.
‘We used to use it for community meetings, now homeless people use it as little more than a toilet and I heard someone was there recently using it as a place to cook meth until they fled from police.
Fowler added, ‘It’s a heartbreaking situation which should not have been allowed to deteriorate into what it is now.’
The project has been best by numerous issues over the past five years: In 2018, residents of the homes filed a lawsuit against the foundation claiming the homes were progressively deteriorating and dangerous amid conditions such as structural problems and potential gas leaks.
This past April, Global Green, a nonprofit that bailed out Make It Right for more than $20 million owed to Hurricane Katrina victims, was accused of not paying the tab after the new homes backed by the actor fell into ruins.
Helping out: Pitt launched the nonprofit in 2007, two years after the hurricane, in an effort to provide residents of the city’s Lower Ninth Ward with low-cost sustainable housing. He was pictured at a press conference in New Orleans in August of 2007 amid work on the project
Overgrown: Untended shrubbery surrounds the exterior of the one-time headquarters of the Moneyball leading man’s nonprofit organization
The hope: A trashed picture of a model home from an architect’s rendering teases what could have been
Destroyed: An interior shot of an office reveals a table flipped over and electrical parts hanging out of the ceiling
Trashed: Detritus and debris line an interior floor in the dilapidated office building
Disuse: ‘It’s a heartbreaking situation which should not have been allowed to deteriorate into what it is now,’ a woman named Constance Fowler, 71, told photographers
Make It Right built more than 100 homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. But the victims sued, alleging that the homes were poorly built after giving way to rot, mold and structural defects.
Global Green, which previously worked with Pitt, agreed to pay $20.5 million in an August 2022 settlement with the Bullet Train actor’s foundation. However, CEO Bill Bridges claimed the nonprofit was told it would not have to follow the tight 10-day deadline.
When Global Green was unable to come up with funds, it attempted to back out of the agreement, blaming Pitt’s ex-wife Angelina Jolie’s abuse lawsuit against him as reason why it was unable to raise funds.
However, the company was unsuccessful and had been ordered to pay back $10 million in two months, with the other $10.5 million slated to be re-evaluated later on.
Global Green also faced a contempt hearing after the judge lost confidence in the organization’s intervention, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has left victims in a ‘long nightmare’ as their homes waste away and are in desperate need of repairs.
‘My mother, she’s never seen the end of the tunnel from Katrina,’ Albert Matthews told the Hollywood Reporter. ‘It’s been very stressful for all of us.’
Matthews’ mother Marion Bryan, who is 91, has been patiently waiting for her new home since 2008, when she put the initial deposit down.
Although the foundation built her a home, and then a second one, and then a third – all of which were deemed to have serious problems – she is still waiting on them to repair her third property, which was built in 2014.
Destroyed furniture: Cabinets and office furniture were strewn all over the floor in one of the rooms
Scattered: A photocopier and recycling bin full of garbage are among the items seen in a room
Major repairs needed: A caved-in ceiling was pictured on the premises, presenting a clear danger to inhabitants
Legal trouble: In 2018, Make It Right faced a class-action lawsuit after 109 homes were determined to have been built poorly, were rotting and molding, and suffered from structural damage
Shaming: Sources said that a resident in the area has put up signs locally asking the Academy Award-winning actor and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie to fix up his property
In the meantime, she has been living with her son – a lucky disposition, as many other victims have been forced to live in substandard conditions while they wait for the repairs.