We note that, according to a recent article in Black Enterprise Magazine , "Through Urban Trust Bank (a black-owned bank), (Robert) Johnson created a new entity, Homeowners First Bank. Homeowners First is an advanced lending facility or a bank designed specifically to provide temporary, advance funding to mortgage servicers. Mortgage servicers are the middlemen, who may or may not be the same company as the lender, but who retrieve money from borrowers on behalf of lenders." We feel this effort may be an attempt to profit, as the Washington Post noted , from the "unprecedented wave of foreclosures, charging distressed homeowners for help negotiating better loan terms -- a service provided for free or for a nominal fee by many nonprofits." We should remember that Mr. Johnson has a history of not living up to promises made to the black community. Since it is irrelevant to the current discussion, we will ignore historical charges against the man , and focus on the ba
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In a November 2, 2007 article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Senior writer Margie Manning writes that " Urban Trust Bank expects to provide an alternative business lending option with its two new offices in the Tampa Bay area." We were quoted in the article stating that " Minority owned banks in general have struggled with business lending," Urban Trust "opened branches in the Wal-Mart SuperCenters in Gibsonton and Palmetto Oct. 29."