The Make it Right Foundation, a non profit founded by Brad Pitt and originally aimed at rebuilding the homes of families affected by Hurricane Katrina, is now expanding their efforts to the tribes of Fort Peck.
Fort Peck, Montana is home to more than 6,000 Sioux and Assiniboine Native Americans who currently endure underdeveloped living conditions. Currently, multiple families live together under one roof, attempting to complete day to day activities in cramped and overcrowded spaces. More than 600 people are waiting for housing in Fort Peck. To begin the fight against these alarming statistics, the Make it Right Foundation plans to build the first twenty homes this year for those who fall under the median income bracket. In addition to providing these families with shelter, the project also aims to establish a master plan for sustainable living.
The Make it Right Foundation building philosophy is based on a “cradle-to-cradle” ideology, whereby a home is designed to produce more energy than it consumes. Adopting this formula, Make It Right will be collaborating with various architect and design firms to produce these solar-powered, eco-friendly homes. With approximately three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms, each home will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certified, which is the highest certification an organization can receive from the United States Green Building Council.
Earlier this year, the foundation met with tribe leaders and the families who the homes will be built for in order to accommodate their needs and style of living. Estimated to be finished by the end of the year, this project hopes to set the precedent for what is to come in the future.
Prime Five Homes is honored to support other organizations that share similar values and philosophies, and the Make It Right Foundation is one such organization. Building sustainable housing that is focused on energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness, and also gives back to the community in some way, is the future of building and business.
Find out more about the Make It Right Foundation by visiting www.makeitright.org.