Brad Pitt, the very famous actor known for roles such as Achilles in ‘Troy’ and Lt. Aldo Raine in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, is using his non-profit organization ‘Make It Right’ to build green homes for Native Americans.

Namely, he’s teaming up with Fort Peck, Montana Sioux and Assiniboine nation tribes. With their input about their needs and cultural preferences (i.e. doorways facing east or north and utilizing tribally significant colors) in mind, the homes will also be solar-powered and made with reclaimed materials. That’s housing development done right in a responsible manner like a boss.

In total, 20 homes will be built on the reservation. The green homes will be made available to Native Americans who make 60% or less of the area’s mean income. A percentage of the homes will also be reserved for senior citizens and disabled war veterans. Using a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent-to-Own program, the people who rent Brad Pitt’s green homes will be able to buy them after 15 years of renting!
The communications director for Make It Right, Taylor Royle, wrote the following about the project: “We hear stories from people who have nine families living in a five bedroom home and take ‘sleeping shifts’ to share the limited beds. Most homes are smaller, one or two bedrooms. We [met] a woman who shares a two-bedroom home with her elderly mother and her brother’s family—she and her three children sleep on the floor in the living room.”

They hope to improve these conditions for proud American Indians living on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. 6,000 members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes currently live on the reservation and 600 of them are waiting for housing! More than 50% of the people on the reservation are unemployed and 3 out of 4 children live in poverty there.
Make It Right will provide some of these people with a safe place to live, while promoting sustainable housing and solar energy. It doesn’t fix all the problems the people on the Fort Peck Reservation are faced with, but it helps!

Previously, Brad Pitt’s non-profit Make It Right built 150 sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of it. The green technology used in those homes has proven effective with lower energy bills for the people living in them.