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“No Good Deed” – Brad Pitt, Make It Right Foundation Sued for Defective Modular Housing, NBC News, More Video

November 30th, 2018 Comments off



There are some things you can’t make up. There are not many that would accuse Brad Pitt and the Make it Right Foundation he helped establish of purposefully providing modular homes that have been drawing negative media attention for the last few years. It seems like a fit for the dark adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”


That said, several home owners have been complaining to local and national media. Some have filed suit. The local news video below, which tees up the issue, was cut shortly before the case was filed.



NBC News filed the following video report.



Pitt Says, No Not Me…

Pitt is asking to be separated from the foundation he founded for the purposes of this suit, per media reports.

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which built homes for New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their neighborhoods in 2005, has been hit with a lawsuit by two people who claim the homes built for them “were deficiently constructed and built,” according to People.




In a statement provided to People, Brad Pitt’s charitable organization, the Make It Right nonprofit, stated that it “has filed a lawsuit against its former executive architect, John Williams, and his firm for monetary damages to remediate and repair affected homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, arising from his engagement with the Foundation. Make It Right continues to work proactively with homeowners in the Lower 9th Ward, and we will make no further comment on the case at this time,” on Sept 25, 2018.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews notes that The Make It Right foundation website reflects no updates to their own blog since late 2015. Given that fact, it is no surprise that our requests for comments to the nonprofit have not yet been answered.




As industry professionals already know, a modular home – not unlike a manufactured home – requires proper installation. As a prior report, linked further below under related reports reflects, problems that are not promptly observed or addressed on a factor-built home can rapidly mushroom into other issues. That isn’t necessarily a reflection on the factory-builder, unless the production company was directly involved with the installation.

Similar points could be made about conventional housing, issues must be addressed rapidly, or they can mushroom.  Far costlier conventional housing builders have had their own numerous tales of construction woes, so was is it a surprise when it happens from time to time with factory-built housing too?


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So, the problems noted in this case or others shouldn’t be viewed by discerning minds as something that necessarily disproves the inherent value and need for various kinds of affordable housing built indoors, and transported for installation to their final location.  Exceptions don’t prove much, save that people and products aren’t perfect.  Automakers have recalls, builders have problems too.



Still from the video, above. Pitt gave numerous media and photo ops for Make it Right, until the negative news began to develop around the problems of some of those modular units became more evident.


In the Beginning, How Pitt Got Involved

“When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina, he was shocked by the lack of rebuilding progress in this historic, working class community. Many worried the plight of the neighborhood would be forgotten. In a bold move, Pitt committed to help rebuild in the hardest hit area of the city,” per Make it Right.

Pitt’s foundation has reportedly raised $30 million dollars in this work, but the homes in New Orleans were purchased by its home owners, who may have used insurance or other money to buy the home.




What is ironic is that Make It Right has a Clinton Foundation connection, per their own website, not unlike the work done by Clayton Homes in Haiti. That too was a troubling fiasco.

Make It Right kicked off initial fundraising efforts with the Pink Project in December 2007 and broke ground on the first homes with President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative in March 2008. Construction began in June 2008 and the first six homes were completed in August 2008,” said their foundation.

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The Latest…

The “…class action lawsuit against Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation was moved from civil to federal court on November 7,” said Archpaper. Pitt’s and the foundation’s legal team are suing the architects. “Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.”

Among the troubling points with this scenario is that the news seems to be drawing far more media coverage than the arguably more prevalent issue of defects or other problems found in conventional, site-built construction.

If that slant is so, then it is but the latest example of how misinformation is being allowed to spread, because industry trade groups such as MHI – which claims to represent all aspects of factory built housing, including modular builders – Clayton, and their Berkshire Hathaway parent’s BH Media group each allow such stories to go unaddressed.



That in turn, as Rolfe and scores of others suggest, is harmful to the industry at the local level, including locations like yours.  The pattern will arguably continue until MHI – or some new trade group that supplants their work – does what former chairman, Tim Williams himself admitted to MHProNews, in the quote below.



It is all part of what our publisher, while still an MHI member, was praised for by the organization, namely, the need to routinely engage the media.  They can’t plausibly claim ignorance.  So what is MHI’s excuse for not acting as needed, to defend and promote the industry’s products and image?



We tried for years from within MHI to get them to engage the media, and to encourage other positive reforms. They praised our efforts, in writing. So why didn’t they adopt them?




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Sunday Morning Recap June 14, 2015 to June 20, 2015

June 21st, 2015 Comments off

Sunday_morning_recapIn manufactured housing news, UMH planning MHC as other MHCs closing, programs help MH buyers, MHC sells for $98k per homesite, Texas reports MH sales. In modular news, Magnolia Homes may be revived, Brad Pitt moves mods to Indian Rez, Mods house Irish homeless, micro mods go urban. In company news, Skyline stock on roller coaster, Cavco likely to get tax abatement, insider trading at Patrick. Meth lab clean-up in MH disputed. More……

Saturday, June 20, 2014

Pilot Program will Provide Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes in DE

Friday, June 19

UMH Properties Alters Plans from Modular to a Manufactured Home Community

Program will Assist Buyers of Manufactured Homes

Skyline Corp. Rises up, Falls Down all Week Long

Texas Reports Sale of Manufactured Homes

Public Hearing Follows Cavco’s Request for Tax Abatement

Gendell Unloads more of Patrick Stock

Thursday, June 18

Ohio Measure would Require Community Owners to Clean up Meth Labs

Skyline Corp. Continues its Roller Coaster Run, while the Nasdaq Hits a New High

While Home Starts Fall, Housing Permits Rise in May

Concordis Developing Micro Modular Units in Urban Settings

Modular Builder Magnolia Homes may be Rescued

Reservations for Induction Dinner Ahead of Last Year

Wednesday, June 17

Florida’s The Villages Expanding Continuum of Care for Seniors

Liberty Homes Plummets, Nobility Homes Rises, MHCV Slips

Residents of Closing Manufactured Home Community have Concerns Addressed

Davis Homes in NC Offers Paths to Manufactured Home Ownership through USDA

Rep. Ed Royce Questions HUD Sec. Julian Castro

Modular Homes Destined for Homeless in Dublin

Tuesday, June 16

Modular Builder Hires Pete Murray as President

Skyline Corp. Spikes; Donald Trump Running for President, Yikes!

More Insider Trading at Drew Industries

Fire Fee in Florida Disproportionately Affects Manufactured Home Residents

Canadian Group Protests Closing of Manufactured Home Community for Senior Facility

Manufactured Homes Planned for Durango, but More could be Justified

Monday, June 15

High End Manufactured Home Community Sells for $13.8 M

MHCV Advances 6th Straight Day, while Dow Falls over 100 Points 2nd Straight Day

Builders of Single-family Homes see Brighter Days

Brad Pitt’s Foundation Installing Modular Homes for Fort Peck Indians

Michigan has New Member on Manufactured Housing Commission ##

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Brad Pitt’s Foundation Installing Modular Homes for Fort Peck Indians

June 15th, 2015 Comments off


Actor Brad Pitt initiated the Make it Right foundation to provide modular homes for survivors of Hurricane Katrina after it devastated the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Now he is partnering with the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to bring 20 eco-friendly modular homes to be placed in a sustainable village on the site of the old airport in Poplar, Montana.

Built from state-of-the-art recycled materials to LEED Platinum certified standards, the first five homes should be occupied by Aug. 1 with the remainder of the homes ready by Dec. 1. Occupants are being chosen from 127 applicants by a lottery system.

Built by Method Homes, Inc. of Ferndale, Washington, the units were designed by foundation architects and by Assiniboine and Sioux tribal members, according to greatfallstribune. The homes are 75 percent more energy efficient than a site-built home, and utility bills are expected to be under $60 a month in the winter.

Brian Abramson of Method, which is trucking in 18 of the homes said,Each home has a fireplace. That’s what the community asked for. They’re super-insulated and no toxic chemicals were used in the paint, adhesives and finishes.” Two of the homes are octagon-shaped and will be built on site. The Fort Peck Tribes’ company, Integrated Solutions, is the developer of the two-year project.

MHProNews has learned the Kohler Co. supplied the plumbing supplies and Shaw Flooring did the floors. Tribal members are doing the plumbing work, and Montana Dakota Utilities is hooking up the gas and electric lines in this northeast corner of the state. ##

(Photo credit: greatfallstribune/Richard Peterson-kitchen of a modular home sited in Poplar, Montana for Fort Peck Indians.)

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FEMA Homes Coming to Joplin MO for Post-Tornado Housing

June 10th, 2011 Comments off

KOAMTV7 reports from Pittsburgh, Kansas, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now bringing in manufactured homes for those who continue to be displaced by the May 22 twister that devastated Joplin, Missouri.  8,000 homes were destroyed in the storm.  FEMA officials have been sending people to rental units, but they are filling up rapidly, so FEMA is now searching for vacant lots to site the homes.  While recipients know they can only stay for 18 months, they are grateful just to have a place to call home.  So far, 2000 people have received FEMA assistance.  Meanwhile, Missouri native Brad Pitt, and Angeline Joli have donated $500,000 to support rebuilding efforts in the Joplin area.