A Picture Perfect Home, from Neighborhood Renaissance

17 August 2019

Neighborhood Renaissance, an FCLF partner in southeast Florida, recently shared this success story about a new homeowner in the Art Lofts of West Village. Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) provided construction financing for this project. Read the full story at Picture Perfect Home. Learn more about Neighborhood Renaissance at www.neighborhoodrenaissance.org. Learn more about FCLF's Partnership wtih Neighborhood Renaissance here.


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Meet the newest resident of the Art Lofts of West Village located in Lake Worth Beach, artist Brittany Lemire.

Ms. Lemire is a photographer who recently purchased her very own work-live space near downtown Lake Worth.   Although Ms. Lemire was not in the market for a home, she happened to see the Neighborhood Renaissance listing and fell in love.   "I really enjoy the location. It is right near downtown and only a 5-minute drive to the beach.   The home itself is truly a perfect fit for me. The industrial style first floor is to be used for my photography and I feel this home is such a gift as it allows me to work out of my home with a studio of my own!" Ms. Lemire exclaimed.    

Given her limited income, the current real estate market presented challenges for Brittany, which explains why she believed homeownership was impossible for her. After contacting Neighborhood Renaissance, the organization introduced Brittany to an opportunity to make the live-work townhome affordable through down payment assistance provided by Palm Beach County. Brittany explained, "If it wasn't for the assistance I received, I would still be renting instead of owning my own home. It has been a true honor to work with the staff at Neighborhood Renaissance. They are advocates for potential buyers and I would absolutely recommend them, especially for what they do for communities."

Neighborhood Renaissance developed the West Village Art Lofts, with eight, three-story townhomes and a 2,000 sq. ft. commercial building through a partnership with the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency. All of the townhomes have been sold with four purchased by low-income working artist households with down payment assistance from Palm Beach County and four purchased by moderate-income artist households.

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FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
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Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
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FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
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TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
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Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
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FCLF staff with Tampa's Chloe Coney at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
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FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
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DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
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FCLF and NMTC are creating a new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
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FCLF Staff are on hand at conferences and events to discuss our programs.
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FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
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FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
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FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
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Support from Axiom Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
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Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
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ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
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Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
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Support from Valley Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
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FCLF Financing to Neighbor Up Brevard helps provide affordable rental housing.
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FCLF and the NMTC Program renovated a historic building into a small business incubaor.
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Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
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FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
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New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
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FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
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FCLF staff and US Legislative staff at an event honoring Youth of the Year.
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Support from TD Bank Charitable Foundation helps FCLF build strong communities.
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FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
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FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
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FCLF financing to Housing Programs, Inc. helps provide affordable homes for ownership.
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The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
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The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
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Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
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