Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
In an interview with Charlie Rose on the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt says, “I wish it was taken care of at a federal level, state level, even local level. But if this be the case where we got to hit it at a grassroots level, so be it.”
While grassroots is not a word you’d necessarily associate with this actor and Hollywood heartthrob, that’s exactly what Pitt has been doing. Not only did Brad make a commitment to the area after it was devastated by the worst natural disaster in American history, he and his family have been part-time residents of the city since January 2007.
His latest initiative, “Make It Right”, plans to build 150 affordable, environmentally friendly homes over the next two years, focusing on the poorest and hardest hit area — the Lower Ninth Ward. Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing each pledged to match $5 million each in contributions to the project (that’s $10 million for those of you who are mathematically challenged).