Earvin "Magic" Johnson On-Hand to Introduce New Financial Education Program to Greater Miami's Ethnic Communities
WHAT: Washington Mutual and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO
of Johnson Development Corporation (JDC) are expanding their
ground breaking commitment to increase homeownership in the
nation's underserved communities with the grand opening of two
home loan centers and a loan processing center in Greater
For the first time in history, Johnson's dedication to
improving the quality of life for families in urban areas is
expanding beyond African Americans to bring home ownership to
members of the Hispanic and Asian communities through the
addition of new home loan centers in urban neighborhoods
nationwide, and the introduction of a free, four-part
financial education and credit building program, Solid
Start(TM). Upon completion of the comprehensive Solid Start
program, the prospective homebuyer is in a good position to be
approved for their first home loan.
WHEN: Thursday, September 15, beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Washington Mutual Hialeah Home Loan Center
635 West 49th Street, Hialeah, Fla.
WHO: Earvin "Magic" Johnson; Tony Meola, Washington Mutual's
executive vice president for home lending; Julio Robiana, City
of Hialeah Council President and Shirley Gibson, Mayor of
WHY: In 2003, JDC and Washington Mutual began a partnership to help
people in underserved communities realize the dream of home
ownership. They have opened 25 home loan centers together in
New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Los
Angeles, the Bay Area, Houston and on Thursday, Miami. They
will open two more home loan centers in 2005, including
centers in Newark, N.J. and Coral Way, Miami. The new home
loan centers are located in the heart of underserved
communities that need them most, and will be staffed by
multi-lingual members of the community.
Photo opportunities and media interviews are welcomed.
SOURCE: Washington Mutual
Missy Cousino, 713-594-9332