Harris-Perry and her husband closed on the purchase of what one could fondly describe as a "fixer-upper" (the house lacked all four walls) just last month. She excitedly announced that she and her family planned to restore the New Orleans property that was destroyed and abandoned during Katrina.
On her Sunday MSNBC show, Harris-Perry acknowledged the anniversary of Katrina by giving viewers a tour of what she called her "extreme home makeover." Harris-Perry described the ripped-apart home as a safety concern and the "site of crime" in the neighborhood.
"To try to address that, we have purchased this house with the goal of completely renovating it, bringing it back to life, and contributing ultimately to the safety and security of this neighborhood," she said. "For me, this house is representative of New Orleans and what we are facing since [Katrina]." She later called the property "just a physical thing" but "also a symbol of hope."
On Wednesday, Harris-Perry tweeted a photograph of the damage done by Isaac. A substantial portion of the house was destroyed. She wrote that she was "feeling sad," but that everyone was safe. "House was vacant except for my dreams," she wrote.