A foundation headed by actor Brad Pitt is in the crosshairs of an attorney who says he has a lawsuit in the works against the organization.
The AP reports that the forthcoming action against Pitt’s Make It Right foundation is over “the degradation of homes built in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.”
The suit “will be filed on behalf of some Lower Ninth Ward residents, who attorney Ron Austin told WWL-TV have reported sicknesses, headaches, and infrastructural issues,” the AP reports.
Pitt’s group began building homes in the area in 2008, “working toward replacing the lost housing with 150 avant-garde dwellings that were storm-safe, solar-powered, highly insulated, and ‘green.’ The homes were available at an average price of $150,000 to residents who received resettlement financing, government grants and donations from the foundation itself,” the AP reports. “But 10 years and more than $26 million later, construction has halted at around 40 houses short of Pitt’s goal, and some homes are falling apart. Residents have reported sagging porches, mildewing wood and leaky roofs.”