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By Julie Pennell

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall on New Orleans is around the corner on Aug. 29, and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization plans to honor the day with the unveiling of a new tiny home.

Brad Pitt; Make It Right house
Brad Pitt; One of the homes Make It Right has made in the Lower 9th Ward.Getty Images; Make It Right

Founded in 2007, Make It Right’s mission is to help build homes, buildings and communities for people in need, all with a focus on green living. Since it began, teams have built 109 LEED Platinum-certified homes within a 20-block area of the Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood that was absolutely devastated by the hurricane in 2005. This will be the organization’s first tiny home.

According to a blog post by communications director Taylor Royle, the 496-square-foot high-tech mini house will have two stories. A living room, full kitchen, full bathroom and washer/dryer for laundry will be available downstairs, while the upstairs will hold the bedroom, closet and work area/desk.

It will also have solar-power, energy-conserving appliances and recycled countertops, among other environmentally-friendly features. And of course, hurricane-resistant features will also be incorporated.

Design director Jordan Pollard conceived the idea and construction director Craig Turner is leading a team to build it in three weeks. They’re working in partnership with FYI’s "Tiny House Nation" to share expenses for the home which will cost under $100,000 to construct, according to nola.com.

“We’re building the house for a very deserving local school teacher in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward,” Royle wrote. “Our team is working hard to finish the tiny house by Aug. 28 (provided that tropical storm stays out of the Gulf!). We can’t wait to show you the finished home.”