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Brad Pitt visited the New Orleans neighborhood where families are moving into six homes built by his charity following Hurricane Katrina earlier this week.

“It’s amazing,” said the actor as he met the new homeowners. “This place that suffered such injustice and so much death can become one of the primary examples of a high-performance neighborhood. It really is amazing.”

Through Make It Right, the actor has helped to fund the construction of six new houses, with more to come.

“You’re going to see 100 homes here, mark my words,” he said. “It’s nice to see a few, but I’m anxious to see 100, 150, 1,000. I’m really happy for the families that are going to be here, but I can’t help but think about the families that aren’t. It’s a push-pull for me. The excitement is that it’s being proven, that it’s working. The frustration is that we have a long way to go.”

One of the residents, 71-year-old Inez Converse, told the BBC that she is pleased to have returned to the neighborhood where she lived for 35 years, and thanked Pitt in person.

“He didn’t have to do this. I’m just grateful that he is,” she said.

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