Susan Leigh

Principal, The Community Concepts Group

Tallahassee

leigh-s-photo-2013-70wSusan J. Leigh has provided financial advisory services to developer clients over the past fifteen years. These services have included evaluating the projects financial needs through a financial analysis, determining the appropriate financing source, obtaining the financing, closing the transaction and follow through after the closing. Tax exempt bond financing has been utilized as well as HUD guarantees, the Florida Guarantee fund, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, SAIL (Florida), Home, and the Pre-development Loan Fund (Florida). This same level of expertise has been used advising Local Housing Finance Authorities in their ongoing housing policy discussions and implementation.  Her expertise extends to Single Family Tax Exempt Bonds which provide loans to first time homebuyers statewide. Since 2006, Susan Leigh, through The Community Concepts Group, has represented local housing finance authorities, for-profit and non-profit developers, state and local professional associations and local governments in the areas of policy development, identifying and obtaining financial resources, analysis of viability of proposed developments, and identifying strategies for successful developments. Ms. Leigh’s previous experience includes Executive Director and CEO of state housing agencies in Florida and Texas, and a private development company. She has been a Director of Florida Home Builders, a member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, among other organizations. She has a degree from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Housing and Design from Oklahoma State University.

"Without the FCLF initial loan to purchase land, we might not have been able to move forward with farmworker housing." – Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

Casa San Juan Bosco

"FCLF understands and is a part of what we are doing: helping families have the American dream of owning a home." – Isaac Simhon, Executive Director

Housing Programs, Inc.

"We appreciate how the work of FCLF primarily benefits low- to moderate-income individuals and areas and supports the needs of our community." – Maria J. Thompson, Community Development Manager

Third Federal Savings

"Aida Palms will be a lasting asset to the City of Lakeland. This revitalization wouldn't be possible without financing partners like FCLF." – Mitchell Rosenstein, Principal, Green Mills Group

Aida Palms

"We're thrilled to partner with FCLF to make our project a reality to serve generations of kids in our community." – Dawn Stanhope, President & CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"Thank you to our friends at FCLF. Your staff has been patient and helpful. We'll make you proud!" – Bill Lazar, Executive Director

St. Johns Housing Partnership

“The partnership with FCLF is very exciting for us – an essential component in providing greater access to fresh healthy food in downtown New Port Richey.” – Jeff Wright, Owner

Wright's Natural Market

"Without FCLF's support, we would not have been able to deliver the services our area so desperately needs. We look forward to a lifetime relationship." – Tom Griffin, CEO

The Transition House, Inc.

"FCLF shows a clear strategy and demonstrated evidence of addressing prevalent community needs." – J. Reymundo Ocañas, Director, Corp Responsibility

BBVA Compass

"Thanks to FCLF, we are one step closer to providing a permanent housing solution for veterans and others seeking quality housing at an affordable price." – Carrie Davis, Executive Director

Wealth Watchers

"FCLF demonstrates a mission-oriented philosophy that is compatible and supportive, broadens our platform and deepens our portfolio of products and services." – Kent Adcock, CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter

"We appreciate the accomplishments your organization attains." - Robert Sucher, Executive VP

Sabadell United Bank

"FCLF has proven its community impact and hard work. We are proud to partner with FCLF." – Leslie Watson, Analyst, Community Investments

Dignity Health

"Cade Museum is proud to be partners with FCLF and JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to the NMTC Program, we will provide a transformative asset to our community." – Jennifer Denault, COO

Cade Museum for Creativity & Inventi…

"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FCLF and working together to meet the needs of our communities." – Nancy Merolla, VP/CRA Officer

Florida Community Bank

"We consider FCLF a valued partner and strong advocates for low-income communities and families. We look forward to many more years of working together." – Jennifer Westerbeck, Vice President

US Bancorp CDC

"FCLF has a keen knowledge of Florida challenges & opportunities. We are confident our investment will be used to improve lives." – Kathleen Rizzo Young, Sr. VP, Community Development

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

"We are delighted to partner with you to serve those most in need in our communities." – Eileen S. Coogan, President & CEO

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"It is really working. FCLF is really touching low-income people." – Florida Community Loan Fund Founding Board Member

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

Our Partners

Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
Northern Trust Roundtable
FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
BNDC Greater Heights
Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
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Our Vision Opportunity and dignity exist for every person and community in Florida.
Our Mission Our expertise and capital make projects successful and help organizations improve lives and communities.