Oprah Winfrey built homes for 65 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the families are known as & # 39; Oprah & # 39; s Angels & # 39;
The residents of Angel Lane will forever be grateful to Oprah Winfrey for saving their lives.
When Hurricane Katrina arrived in New Orleans 14 years ago, & # 39; paid the world’s most famous TV presenter for building a community for & # 39; refugees & # 39 ;, who had settled on their way to Houston and lived in temporary reception centers.
Her friend Matthew McConaughey helped auction his beloved 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette for $ 61,000 and came to Angel Lane to build a playground with a team of volunteers.
Out of hundreds of applicants, the Winfrey team chose 65 families for the newly built homes and were known as & # 39; Oprah & # 39; s Angels & # 39 ;.
She was not the only one who made a difference to the victims of Katrina without embracing media attention. Jon Bon Jovi created a boulevard with homes to his name in the city of Houma, 60 miles outside of New Orleans. Former NBA major Kevin Garnett did the same in the city of Jackson, Mississippi.
Although Brad Pitt’s Make It Right goal received most of the coverage for rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward – the hardest hit area after the Mississippi River dykes were breached in June 2005 – the influence of Winfrey just as important, but rarely spoken about.
Pitt’s charity has been accused of leaving residents who have purchased property built by his NGO, who are now allegedly falling apart and making homeowners sick.
DailyMail.com has visited some of the celebrity-funded areas to find out how successful these New Orleans refugee communities have been.
While Winfrey is still an angel to almost everyone in the small suburb of Houston, who has set them up 14 miles from the center, there are still residents who are dissatisfied and in some cases feel thrown away by the TV star.
This aerial photo of Angel Lane shows manicured lawns and houses in a row, but while some are grateful to the TV host, others are disappointed
Now, 14 years later, residents of Angel Lane are speaking out. Some complain that they were abandoned by Winfrey & # 39; & # 39; in the belief that she was disappointed with how the project went and how it went
Some claim that the area is now polluted with graffiti and social problems, but others defend Winfrey and are grateful for her construction of the houses, which have largely stood the test of time
Oprah gave families a two or three bedroom home, fully furnished from air conditioning to even a full set of clothes in some cases
Most residents of Angel Lane lived in tight temporary apartments when they saw a newspaper advertisement about a new housing project that was being built by the Houston branch of the Habitat for Humanity charity.
The housing NGO worked with Winfrey on the scheme, but kept its name secret.