WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA Launch Mortgage Crisis Initiative

North Miami Beach, Florida (PressExposure) June 11, 2009 -- Facing the Mortgage Crisis, a WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA Community Engagement Initiative, Connects People in Need with Trusted Information and Free Services.

Every day, more and more area families lose their homes to increased mortgage payments. In Miami Dade, the number of foreclosures rose from 26,391 in 2007 to 56, 656 in 2008 and in Broward County the number of foreclosures in April 2009 was 10, 305 more than doubling from 2008.

In response to statistics like these, WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA are launching Facing the Mortgage Crisis on May 21st, a community engagement initiative designed to connect area residents to trusted foreclosure prevention resources.

Residents can find great resources on WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA’s Facing the Mortgage Crisis Web Site at http://www.wpbt2.org or http://www.wdna.org. The easy-to-navigate site contains all of the information presented on-air, including the toll-free phone numbers for the United Way and 2-1-1 service. More information about the mortgage crisis can also be found on the Web site of the United Way. WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA will also distribute e-mails and flyers throughout the region to churches, YMCAs, community centers, libraries and neighborhood associations.

In addition to the web site, WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA will broadcast a series of informative on-air spots, each one answering the questions most frequently asked by homeowners, such as, “How should I deal with collection notices?” “Can I get money to help make a payment?” and “How long do I have before I lose my house?”

“As a trusted provider of content, WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA are ideally suited to facilitate public engagement and dialogue around the economic catastrophe devastating our community and neighbors,” says WPBT2 President and CEO Rick Schneider. “We have a vested interest in the people we serve. Facing the Mortgage Crisis illustrates how we can bring the community together in a way that is unique and uncompromised by commercial interests. This project expresses all aspects of WPBT2 and 88.9FM WDNA’s vision and values.”

Assisting with Facing the Mortgage Crisis are partners United Way of Miami-Dade County, United Way of Broward County, United Way of The Florida Keys and collaborators The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Human Services Coalition, Neighborhood Housing Services, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

For More Information Contact: Cammy Richards – Communications Director Carol_Richards@wpbt.org ,(305) 424-4013

Natalia Villegas – Community Events Coordinator Natalia_Villegas@wpbt.org, (305) 424-4190

About WPBT2 South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, WPBT2, is a community-licensed, not-for-profit media enterprise serving communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions and its own original productions. WPBT2’s digital media platform, offers: 2HD, a 24-hour high definition channel; Digital 2.2, a mix of Science & Nature Channel, Culturas, The Florida Channel and Create; Digital 2.3, V-me, a 24-hour national Spanish-language network; and http://www.wpbt2.org, the WPBT2 website including, Impromp2 (a community blog), and uVu, a video sharing website. Based in Miami, WPBT2 is also home of the Emmy award-winning national PBS series, Nightly Business Report (pbs.org/nbr).

About 88.9FM WDNA Known worldwide as South Florida's premiere jazz music station, 88.9FM WDNA was licensed in 1977 by the FCC to the Bascomb Memorial Broadcasting Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide quality public-centric music, arts, and cultural programming to the residents of South Florida and beyond. In an ever changing radio landscape, 88.9FM WDNA remains committed to America's Classical Music, alternative voices, and the marriage of entertainment with enrichment.

Press Release Submitted On: June 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm
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