Brad Pitt‘s Hurricane Katrina charity Make It Right New Orleans is under fire after more than two dozen homes that the organization built in the devastated Ninth Ward were discovered to be rotting from the inside out! “The wood turned gray and it was also black,” Make It Right home-owner Nola Verrett tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. “Also some parts it was buckling and it had mushrooms growing out of it. Different neighborhoods saw it too.”
Reps for Make It Right have laid the blame on the lumber, from wood company TimberSIL. A unique non-burning glass-and-wood blend, it had been guaranteed for 40 years, but now will be replaced at a cost of $150,000 to Make It Right.
“It was unable to withstand moisture, which is obviously a big problem in New Orleans,” Make It Right rep Taylor Royle told the New Orleans Advocate. Pitt’s charity is now reportedly considering legal action against the company. (TimberSIL and Make It Right did not respond to Radar’s requests for comment on the situation.)
Meanwhile, Verrett tells Radar that the wood on her home has already been replaced with yellow pine.
“It didn’t take no time at all,” Verrett, who has been living in the home for just over four years, tells Radar. “It’s just like they said. If something’s wrong, they make it right. We are very happy with our Make It Right home.”
However, others can’t say the same just yet. Homeowner Gloria Guy told WDSU News New Orleans, “They replaced a lot of houses but they ain’t replaced mine. They’re supposed to come pretty soon and do it.”
In all, according to reports, 30 homes will require reconstruction.
Pitt has said he gets “far too much credit” for the charity’s rebuilding efforts, even though he is the poster boy.