Bank United Awards Grant to Florida Community Loan Fund

12 May 2017

BankUnited and FCLF, 2017 AprilBankUnited awarded an operating support grant of $21,000 to Florida Community Loan Fund in April 2017. This operating support will help FCLF reach neighborhoods in BankUnited's footprint across Florida with flexible financing and staff expertise, and help diversify FCLF markets, products, and services.

Since 2010, BankUnited has been a partner with Florida Community Loan Fund in community development in Florida, providing grants, debt capital investment, and volunteer resources.

Pictured in the photo above (L-R): BankUnited President and CEO Rajinder P. Singh, FCLF CFO Tammy Thomas, BankUnited Vice President Amy Ouellette, BankUnited Central Florida Market President Michael McClanahan.

For more information on BankUnited and FCLF, click here to read the FCLF Investor Profile.

Learn more about this grant here in an article on CityBizList.com.

Below is the press release issed by BankUnited.


BankUnited Awards $21,000 Grant to Florida Community Loan Fund

BankUnited awarded a $21,000 grant to the Orlando-based Florida Community Loan Fund in support of the organization’s initiatives that promote neighborhood revitalization in rural and low-income areas throughout the state.

“At BankUnited, we understand the challenges facing our communities and are proud to support organizations such as FCLF that provide opportunity and improve quality of life,” said Claire Raley, senior vice president and community development officer.

Since 2010, BankUnited has provided grants, debt capital investment and leadership support to FCLF, which provides technical assistance and innovative financing to nonprofit and mission-based for-profit organizations for the development of affordable housing, supportive housing, community facilities, and other economic development projects.

During the last two decades, FCLF has provided $278 million in financing to approximately 150 organizations, resulting in more than 4,500 housing units for low-income Floridians, 117 community facilities, 150,000 Floridians receiving social services each year through FCLF borrowers, and more than 10,000 jobs created or retained.

“Through the continued support of valued partners such as BankUnited, FCLF is helping to drive positive economic and social change in communities throughout Florida, and delivering capital to areas most in need,” said FCLF Chief Executive Officer, Ignacio Esteban.

About BankUnited, N.A. BankUnited, N.A., a national bank and wholly-owned subsidiary of BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE: BKU), is headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida with 92 banking centers in 15 Florida counties and 6 banking centers in the New York metropolitan area at March 31, 2017. One of the largest independent depository institutions headquartered in Florida by assets, BankUnited provides a wide range of commercial and consumer banking services. For additional information, call (877) 779-2265 or visit www.BankUnited.com. BankUnited can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/BankUnited.official and on Twitter @BankUnited.

“FCLF will help us have significant ongoing impact in West Lakes as we help families set roots in this community.” – Camille Reynolds, Executive Director

Hannibal Square CLT

"Our partnership with FCLF helps the American Dream of homeownership come true." – Michael Roberts, Exec Dir

R.E.A.C.H.

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"Our partnership with FCLF allows 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

"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.

"FCLF staff shares our vision and commitment to serve needy families and provide a high quality education to all children." – Thomas Cole, Founder

Emma Jewel Charter Academy

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

Dignity Health

"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

“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

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

BBVA Compass

"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

"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 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

“FCLF addresses local community needs, which aligns with our core values. We appreciate your commitment to our communities.” – Mellissa Slover-Athey, Comm Reinv Ofcr

CenterState Bank

"When nobody else would take a chance on us, FCLF did. Woodlawn is thriving today and we will always be grateful for your part in that.." – PeterTollefson, Dean of Students

Woodlawn Community Academy

"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

"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

Our Partners

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.
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Support from TD Bank Charitable Foundation helps FCLF build strong communities.
Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
Mathis Place Resident
Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF Staff are on hand at conferences and events to discuss our programs.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF and NMTC are creating a new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Housing Programs, Inc.
FCLF financing to Housing Programs, Inc. helps provide affordable homes for ownership.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
Valley Bank
Support from Valley Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF staff and US Legislative staff at an event honoring Youth of the Year.
BNDC Greater Heights
Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
Axiom Bank
Support from Axiom Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
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.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
Armature Works
FCLF and the NMTC Program renovated a historic building into a small business incubaor.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
Greater Heights Resident
FCLF Financing to Neighbor Up Brevard helps provide affordable rental housing.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
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Core Purpose FCLF exists to maximize opportunities for people and places outside of the economic mainstream.
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.