Oprah Winfrey and Jon Bon Jovi 'secretly' built entire communities for Hurricane Katrina families

Mail Online | 8/12/2019 | Chris White For Dailymail.com
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The residents of Angel Lane will forever be grateful to Oprah Winfrey for saving their lives.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 14 years ago, the world's most famous TV host paid for a community to be built for 'refugees', who had made their way to Houston and were living in temporary shelters.

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Her friend Matthew McConaughey helped out, auctioning off his beloved 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette for $61,000 and coming down to Angel Lane to build a playground with a team of volunteers.

Out of hundreds of applicants, Winfrey's team handpicked 65 families for the newly built homes and were known as 'Oprah's Angels'.

Difference - Katrina - Victims - Media - Spotlight

She wasn't the only one to make a difference to Katrina victims without hugging the media spotlight. Jon Bon Jovi created a boulevard of housing in his name in the city of Houma, 60 miles outside New Orleans. Former NBA great Kevin Garnett did the same in the city of Jackson, Mississippi.

While Brad Pitt's Make It Right charity has received most of the news coverage for trying to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward - the worst-hit area after the Mississippi River's levees were breached in June 2005 - Winfrey's influence has been just as significant, but rarely talked about.

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Pitt's charity has been accused of deserting residents who bought properties built by his NGO, which are now allegedly falling apart and making homeowners ill.

DailyMail.com visited some of the areas financed by celebrities to find out how successful these communities of New Orleans refugees have been.

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While Winfrey is still an angel to virtually all in the tiny Houston suburb she set up 14 miles from downtown, there are still residents who are discontented and, in some cases, feel discarded by the TV star.

Most residents of Angel Lane had been living in cramped temporary apartments when they spotted a newspaper advertisement...
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