FCLF Awarded $1.8 Million from CDFI Fund

26 September 2017

Award will finance affordable rental housing and access to healthy foods in Florida’s low-income communities

Orlando, Florida (Sept. 26, 2017) – Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF), a statewide source of flexible financing for community and economic development, announced it has been awarded $1.8 million by the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The award comprises a Financial Assistance Award of $776,500, and a Healthy Food Financing Initiative Award of $1 million.

The CDFI Award is part of FCLF’s strategy to bring long-term capital to underserved neighborhoods, a strategy which includes a pending application to the CDFI Fund for the Bond Guarantee Program. These awards will bring capital resources to Florida low-income communities.

“The needs in Florida’s low-income communities remain high, particularly in the areas of affordable rental housing and access to fresh foods,” said FCLF CEO Ignacio Esteban. “The CDFI award will exclusively benefit those Floridians who suffer the consequences of these deficiencies.”

FCLF’s Financial Assistance Award will finance affordable rental housing and community facilities, including those offering healthcare, education and services for special needs populations. FCLF can help alleviate Florida’s shortage of affordable rental housing where 70 percent of renter households pay more than 50 percent of income on rent.

FCLF was the only recipient of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative Award in Florida. The award expands FCLF’s program to provide access to fresh, healthy foods in food deserts. Florida’s low-income populations suffer from above average obesity and diabetes rates – conditions that can be improved with increased food access.

Examples of FCLF financing for affordable rental housing and food access include:
City View Apartments, Miami, offering 66 fully furnished apartments to low-income households with a focus on formerly homeless.
Treasure Coast Food Bank, Fort Pierce, processing fresh produce and vegetables from local farmers and distributing it to local schools and food banks.

The total of CDFI Fund Awards nationally was $208.7 million to 303 CDFIs, the largest pool of awardees in CDFI fund history. Over 430 applications were received for this competitive process. FCLF’s FA Award was 1 of 13 in Florida, and FCLF was the only recipient of an HFFI Award in Florida.

CDFI Award 2017 300wAbout Florida Community Loan Fund    Florida Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit, multifaceted financing entity with a 20+ year history of providing flexible capital and expertise to low income communities across Florida. FCLF is nationally recognized for its work as a certified CDFI and CDE through the U.S. Dept. of Treasury and as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. FCLF has financed $306 million through 275 loans in Florida, making possible $912 million in new investments in low-income communities.


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"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 is a difference maker! Their team provides solutions to bring about real change in a community." – Tim Marks, President & CEO

Metropolitan Ministries

"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

"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

"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’re able to provide brand-new safe, affordable homes for 90 families in a sustainable mixed-use, mixed-income community." – Mitchell Rosenstein, Founder & Principal

Green Mills Group

"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

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

R.E.A.C.H.

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

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

“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

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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

"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 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 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

"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

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