New Orleans’ adopted resident Brad Pitt is in town, hosting a star-studded gala this weekend to benefit the Make it Right housing development taking shape in the Lower Ninth Ward. He took a few minutes this afternoon to speak with WWNO reporter Eileen Fleming in one Make it Right house almost ready for occupancy.
The St. Bernard Project is announcing a $100,000 grant from Toyota to continue building and rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The non-profit is even more grateful for training it received from the car manufacturer.
Thousands of homeowners in southern states will be reviewing a proposed settlement with the major manufacturer involved in defective Chinese drywall litigation. The deal would pay for repairs and possibly medical expenses if the product made people sick.
The deal involves 4,500 property owners and Knauf Plasterboard. The company will pay for repairs and medical losses. Drywall imported from China from 2004 to 2007 eased demand from the housing boom and hurricane repairs.
Hundreds of college students continue to volunteer in rebuilding homes throughout New Orleans, and a few are coming back to stay.
Volunteers who painted a two-story home in New Orleans last week are back home, getting ready to return to college. But there were two at the Broadmoor site last week who are home now. They both signed up for week long assignments last year through the Hillel foundation of Jewish students, and decided to come back for the long-term.