Geee Posted August 17, 2015 Share Posted August 17, 2015 UK Telegraph: More than 25 per cent of those that fled the city – some 100,000 – never returned. Many are still waiting for homes under the government’s Road Home programme, but one in five are yet to be rebuilt. Mrs Roberts, who works at a local women’s shelter as well as raising her seven-year-old daughter, says the regeneration is a tale of two cities. While the more affluent areas and the businesses down town have bounced back with the help of federal money, she said its poorest are worse off than they were before. “The rest of the city doesn’t have potholes and squats like us. In America, where you live and the colour of your skin determines whether you live or die, whether you sink or prosper,” she tells the Telegraph. In response to the floundering recovery effort, actor Brad Pitt set up his own charity, the Make it Right foundation in 2007, pledging to build 150 new sustainable, flood-proof houses for those displaced from the Lower Ninth Ward. Pitt’s scheme allowed residents, many of whom had little or no insurance, to pay what they could and take out zero-interest loans to cover the rest. But his well-meaning scheme has seemingly fallen foul of its own grandiose ambitions. Nearly a decade on, the foundation has spent $26.8 million (£17.3 million) on construction and only managed to complete 109 of the homes. And despite high-profile celebrity backing and Hollywood fundraising galas, it is struggling to finance the remainder and in a further setback many of the homes already built have already begun rotting. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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