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Day-long "home makeover" to celebrate local family's journey to homeownership


INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) and BMO Harris Bank will host a "Living the Dream" home makeover on November 7 to celebrate one Indianapolis family's successful journey to reach homeownership.

The Miller family's "Living the Dream" project day is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. During this day-long event, BMO employees will volunteer to make home improvements that this family never would have had the time or money to do. Interior walls will be painted, lighting and ceiling fans will be installed, landscaping will be added and more to help make the Miller's house feel more like a home. The Miller's will return to the home later that same afternoon for a "reveal" of the improvements that were made while they were away.

"Having participated with INHP for decades, we know the asset they are to the community," said Tim Massey, Regional President, BMO Harris Bank. "Working with INHP is a win-win for everyone. A deserving family is helped, the community is enriched, and our employees enjoy the rewards that only come from giving."

It's all part of INHP's "Living the Dream" program in which corporate sponsors support a family's participation in INHP's homeownership preparation and education program, culminating in a full-day "mini home makeover project" at their home.

Nicole Miller closed on the family's home last November after working with an INHP Homeownership Advisor for eighteen months to improve her credit and gain knowledge about the home buying process. Nicole is a single mother and has worked two jobs over the past six years in order to provide for her family.

"INHP helps working families become and remain long-term successful homeowners," says INHP President Moira Carlstedt. "The 'Living the Dream' program gives INHP and our corporate partners, such as BMO Harris Bank, a way to celebrate and further reward families who work very hard to successfully attain their goal."

About INHP
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) is the leading homeownership resource in Marion County dedicated to serving homeowners and homebuyers with low, moderate and middle incomes. As a trusted nonprofit, INHP has empowered thousands of working families for nearly 25 years to become and remain homeowners. This is accomplished through an effective blend of homeownership education, financial and mortgage advising and a variety of affordable mortgage and loan options to buy a home or make improvements. Our comprehensive homeowner and homebuyer services are designed to create and support homeowners who can sustain their investment in their homes—ultimately helping to strengthen and encourage the growth of vibrant Indianapolis neighborhoods. For more information, visit or call 317.610.HOME.

About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Banksm is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.

Media Contacts:

Rachel Faulkner, INHP

Beth Copeland

Office: 317.610.4620

Office: 317.269.1395

Cell: 317.403.1781

Cell: 312.771.5013

SOURCE BMO Harris Bank and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

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