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Harris Partners with Opportunity Inc. to Bring Homeownership Dreams to Reality

Harris Partners with Opportunity Inc. to Bring Homeownership Dreams to Reality

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, August 30, 2004 – Harris is pleased to announce it is teaming with Opportunity Inc., attorney Lois Reid Clemente and Northwood Renaissance Inc. to help move low-income Palm Beach County families one step closer to homeownership.

Harris will provide educational assistance to Opportunity Inc. families, including information on financing options available to low-income families. Harris itself offers a special mortgage program to qualified home seekers who meet certain income requirements through its Community Commitment Program.

Additionally, Northwood Renaissance will provide credit counseling and Lois Clemente will provide pro bono legal work to any Opportunity Inc. family that qualifies for homeownership under one of the available financing programs.

"The ability to buy a home is something many of us take for granted but for others it may seem like the unachievable dream," said Terry Fox, Harris Private Mortgage Banker and a board member with Opportunity Inc. "Working together, Harris, Northwood Renaissance and Lois Clemente can help more Opportunity Inc. families find the stability and peace of mind that comes with owning your own home."

Harris recently provided the first educational session to 10 Opportunity Inc. families at the Opportunity Inc. Mary Alice Fortin Center, 1713 Quail Drive in West Palm Beach.

"Our mission at Opportunity is not only to provide high-quality, affordable child care, but also to support parents and families who are working extraordinarily hard to create a stable environment for their children," said Heather Landstrom, Executive Director, Opportunity Inc.

Harris is an integrated financial service organization providing more than 1.5 million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing and financial management solutions. The community banking network of Harris is one of the largest in Illinois, with nearly 160 full-service locations throughout Chicagoland and more than 450 Harris ATMs. Under the Harris trademark is Harrisdirect, a leading provider of direct investing and investment advisory services to informed investors with long-term financial goals as well as third-party brokerage services to institutional clients; Harris Private Bank, a trusted advisor offering customized banking and lending, financial planning, trust and estate administration, wealth transfer and family office services; and Harris Nesbitt, a premier mid-market corporate and investment bank delivering investment and corporate banking, treasury services, market risk management, institutional investing and research. Harris is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO). For more information, please visit

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