Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has been criticised for failing to start work on 50 homes in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Inglourious Basterds star established the New Orleans-based nonprofit organisation in 2007, to rebuild homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward that were severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Make It Right spent a reported $24 million to build 86 houses in New Orleans, according to a 2013 article by architecture news website ArchDaily.
Pitt’s foundation purchased six parcels of land in the city’s Manheim Park district between August (15) and February (16) and last year announced work would begin on a development of homes starting in May 2015 incorporating the sleek architectural designs and energy-efficient features found in the homes built in New Orleans.
However, according to local newspaper the Kansas City Star, work has not begun, and the organisation has failed to offer any explanation for the delay with all of its top officials declining to comment on matter.
Local officials have blamed recent organisational upheaval within the foundation, such as the recent departure of CEO Tom Darden, architect Tim Duggan, director of innovations, and several board members.
“I think they have seven or nine board members, and four of them are gone, they’re being replaced,” Dianne Cleaver, executive director of the Urban Neighbourhood Initiative told the Star. “So they seem to be just in some restructuring, directional challenges.”
While Gloria Fisher-Ortiz, executive director of community development corporation Westside Housing, told the news outlet she has been in communication with Make It Right by email in recent weeks.
“I see it as just a time delay,” Fisher-Ortiz explained. “For me, an unfortunate time delay.”
Founder Pitt has yet to comment on the delay.