Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt tour the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans
by Allyson Koerner
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Ellen DeGeneres recently traveled to her hometown of New Orleans, and not just for vacation, but to see the hard work Brad Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation are accomplishing ever since Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt invited the talk show host over for a personal tour and DeGeneres was very enthused during her visit.

For those who don’t know, Pitt’s foundation is helping to rebuild sustainable homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of Louisiana for those who lost homes after Katrina. So far, 75 homes have been built and now it only takes three months to finish a home, Pitt told DeGeneres.

The 48-year-old actor is very humble when discussing his efforts and doesn’t take credit for all the work. “I’m getting far too much credit for this. This took a lot of very smart people coming in and attacking the situation. It took the families determined to come back [after Hurricane Katrina] and their resilience and they’re defining what this thing was going to be. I get far too much credit for bringing some really smart people together.”

As you can see in the video, Pitt is more than just a backer for the project. While giving DeGeneres a personal tour, he spoke to individuals all by name and knew vivid details about each one. He truly knows the people he’s helping.

The homes Pitt’s building are extremely strong and built to withstand the force of something like Hurricane Katrina. They are also crafted from eco-friendly materials.

“What you’re seeing here is not just a neighborhood, but a new way to think about building on health, on homes that aren’t toxic, on homes that generate more energy than they consume,” he explained to DeGeneres.

Pitt and DeGeneres have been spending a lot of time together lately, as both recently co-hosted a fundraising event in The Big Easy raising money for Pitt’s organization.

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Ellen and Brad. Anyone who can use their status (or lack of status) to do good for humanity on an ongoing basis is truly wonderful.
    Thanks in part to the thousands of volunteers New Orleans and the Gulf have made remarkable strides when so many had written them off.

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”