Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Developmental Loan Program helps combat the root causes of poverty, social injustice, and the exclusion from credit markets of people living in poverty. The program provides low-interest loans to underserved communities seeking self-sufficiency as they work to develop affordable housing, community-controlled businesses, micro-enterprise, and community economic systems.  ELCA has partnered with the Florida Community Loan Fund by making an investment in FCLF in 2009. The funds invested will become a part of our community development loan pool and help finance community development for low-income and underserved populations throughout Florida.

 Loan projects must meet the following criteria:

* Serve low-income people, targeting people and communities most in need
* Operate where there is limited access to conventional credit
* Generate the greatest impact for the longest period of time
* Provide for resident, worker, and community ownership

Criteria is based on the "Guidelines for ELCA World Hunger Program Activities."

Investing with these types of intermediaries has the following advantages:

* They are well-connected to the community and/or region they serve.
* They are accountable to a board of directors that has a fiduciary responsibility.
* They have a systematic approach to lending and a track record.
* They have the ability to combine funds for greater leverage.
* They are equipped to evaluate projects and provide technical assistance.
* They are able to monitor and provide better oversight.

Components of Capital

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Cumulative Financing

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"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

"FCLF understood our context, embraced the project vision, and were willing to make an investment that others deemed as too risky." – Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Executive Director

Brevard Neighborhood Development Coaliti…

"FCLF made it possible for us to provide many special needs and low-income students with the educational services that they need." – Charlotte Tollefson, Director & Founder

Woodlawn Community Academy

"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

"I appreciate FCLF for lending in rural areas, where many other lenders are exiting. From the first moment we spoke with FCLF staff, we felt we had a partner." – Jamie Kerr, President, AMCS Dev.

Griffin Heights

"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…

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

BBVA Compass

"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

"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 was instrumental in making this important project a reality, bringing us one step closer to ending chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County." – Dr. Paul A. Ahr, President & CEO

Camillus House

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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

"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

"BankUnited understands the challenges facing our communities; we applaud FCLF's efforts. Thank you for making our community a better place to live." – Katrina Wright, VP Comm. Dev.

BankUnited

"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

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

Sabadell United Bank

"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.

"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

"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 couldn’t have pulled this project together without FCLF as partners. This is the start of great work in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield district." – Kevin Gay, Exec. Director

Operation New Hope

Our Partners

Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
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.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
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.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
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.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
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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.