FCLF and Miracle Place featured in Tampa Bay Business Journal

31 May 2013

Florida Community Loan Fund and Miracle Place were featured in the May 31 edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

metromin-constr-update-2013feb-300x200Tampa Bay Business Journal's Margie Manning recently met with Nelson Black, Florida Community Loan Fund's Director of Lending, to discuss FCLF's New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, and how it is helping Metropolitan Ministries expand its services in the community.

The full article appears on the Tampa Bay Business Journal website. The following is an excerpt.


The Florida Community Loan Fund Inc. is providing $10 million from a New Markets Tax Credit allocation for Metropolitan Ministries’ Miracle Place, a $19.4 million, 93,000-square-foot project providing community services for the homeless.

Under the New Markets program, taxpayers receive a credit against federal income taxes for making qualified equity investments in community development entities; substantially all of the equity investment must in turn by used by the CDE to provide investments in low-income communities.

The Florida Community Loan Fund has received five rounds of New Markets funding, the most recent a $40 million allocation in April.

The Metropolitan Ministries funding is part of an intentional effort by Nelson Black, director of lending, to raise the profile of the Florida Community Loan Fund in Tampa. To aid that effort, Black and Cindy Ross, loan officer, recently moved to a new office in downtown Tampa.

Tampa Bay Business Journal: How did you select the Metropolitan Ministries project for funding?

Black: This came right about the time we won our last round of funding. I had been trying to find a project to do in Tampa for a while. I was going around talking to public officials with someone from Chase Bank who does New Markets … We met with Metropolitan Ministries and it came together quickly from there. We had an allocation available and they had the plans ready but not all the funding in place. This allowed them to jump-start the project.


To read more about Metropolitan Ministries, click here.

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