From Brad Pitt to Fort Peck: 5 Designs for Sustainable Houses
The nonprofit organization Make It Right, founded in 2007 by Brad Pitt, plans to bring sustainable housing to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, in Montana, home to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. Pitt launched Make It Right in response to Hurricane Katrina, with the goal of making environmentally-friendly housing available to New Orleans residents whose city had been devastated. To date, the organization has built over 100 (of a planned 150) homes in New Orleans, and has expanded its mission to include locations in Newark, New Jersey, and Kansas City, Missouri. The Fort Peck undertaking is Make It Right's fourth project.
A year ago, designers working with Make It Right visited Fort Peck and consulted with the Tribal community about their needs and hopes for such a project.
On June 20, at the Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles, Make It Right unveiled five designs (devised by five architectural firms) of homes to be built on Fort Peck. The organization plans to build 20 homes based on these designs in the coming year. According to the Make It Right website,
The solar-powered homes will have 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms and be available to tribe members whose income levels are at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. A percentage of the homes will be dedicated to senior adult and disabled veteran housing. Homeownership will be structured through a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent-to-Own program with ownership transferring to the tenant after 15 years of renting.
Make It Right says that there are more than 600 people waiting for housing on Fort Peck, a number that represents about one-tenth of the reservation's population.
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