Earlier this week Operation HOPE and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti held a meeting with bankers in Southern California around the sub-prime mortgage crisis and what could be done about it. Operation HOPE and Garcetti have jointly launched a HOPE Mortgage Crisis Hotline in recent months to help victims of this growing financial crisis in homes. More on this in weeks to come.
A special thanks to William Hanna, president of Pacific Western Bank, pictured to the right here (top photo), and Robert McNeely, executive vice president for Union Bank of California, with his back to us in the top photo. Also, a special thanks to Wells Fargo who has graciously offered to provide a call center for the hotline. Others in attendance included East West Bank, Malaga Bank, Wescom Credit Union, the California Credit Union League and others. On my team, this effort is being led by Fred D. Smith, director of HOPE Coalition America, with leadership support from our president and COO, Bill Walbrecher.
Onward with HOPE
John Hope Bryant