FCLF Awarded $2.6 Million from CDFI Fund

19 September 2018

CDFI Award 2018 430wAwards will support investment in economic growth in Florida’s low-income communities.

Florida Community Loan Fund, a statewide lending institution focused on creating high impact in Florida communities, has received $2.6 million in awards from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund). The financial awards will allow FCLF to continue to lead capital into Florida communities that are outside of the economic mainstream by providing flexible financing and staff expertise. 

Florida Community Loan Fund’s award, the largest combined amount to a Florida organization, is one of 302 totaling $202.2 million to CDFIs nationwide. FCLF is one of only 5 organizations to receive awards in all 3 available categories:

  • $700,000 Financial Assistance (FA) award will allow us to move forward with strategic investments in peer CDFI organizations in Florida.
  • $1.5 million Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) award will expand our focus on availability of fresh, healthy foods for all Floridians, through retail, wholesale distribution outlets, and farmers’ markets.
  • $400,000 Disability Funding award will provide financing for development of housing and facilities that benefit individuals with disabilities.

“These awards from the CDFI fund show continued confidence in FCLF – our execution of lending programs and our outstanding performance creating high social impact,” said Ignacio Esteban, FCLF CEO.

“The FY 2018 CDFI Program and NACA Program awardees will provide vital financial services and lending to low-income communities nationwide,” said CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan.

Since inception, Florida Community Loan Fund has received 14 FA, 3 HFFI, and 1 Disability Funding CDFI awards. FCLF has financed $353 million through 328 loans, making possible over $980 million in new investments in low-income communities by combining these CDFI Fund award proceeds with capital from financial institutions, religious organizations, foundations, and other sources.

For more information on the CDFI Fund Awards, visit www.cdfifund.gov or view the full CDFI Program Award Book.

View the FCLF press release of 9/24/2018 here.

"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.

"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.

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"FCLF plays a significant role in sustaining vibrant and thriving communities. We are pleased to support your ongoing community based efforts." – Ernie Diaz, South Florida Market President

TD Charitable Foundation

"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

"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.

“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

"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

"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

"Trinity Health is happy to partner with FCLF. We look forward to seeing the impact in the communities you serve." – Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Administrator, Shareholder Advocacy

Trinity Health

"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

"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

"We commend the important work of your organization, are glad to support its efforts." – Beverly Dabney

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"Our partnership with FCLF will allow us to build an attractive, state of the art facility that patients, staff, and community will be proud of." – Bakari Burns, President-CEO

Orange Blossom Family Health

"We couldn't achieve our mission of creating strong neighborhoods without FCLF's help. Their staff is always friendly, quick to respond, and efficient." – Bonnye Deese, Executive Director

BAND

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

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"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

“We cannot thank FCLF enough for this partnership, creating permanent housing for our neighbors in need, and their commitment to Florida communities.” – Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Ability Housing

"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

Our Partners

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