FCLF Awarded $2.6 Million from CDFI Fund

19 September 2018

CDFI Award 2018 430wAwards will support investment in economic growth in Florida’s low-income communities.

Florida Community Loan Fund, a statewide lending institution focused on creating high impact in Florida communities, has received $2.6 million in awards from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund). The financial awards will allow FCLF to continue to lead capital into Florida communities that are outside of the economic mainstream by providing flexible financing and staff expertise. 

Florida Community Loan Fund’s award, the largest combined amount to a Florida organization, is one of 302 totaling $202.2 million to CDFIs nationwide. FCLF is one of only 5 organizations to receive awards in all 3 available categories:

  • $700,000 Financial Assistance (FA) award will allow us to move forward with strategic investments in peer CDFI organizations in Florida.
  • $1.5 million Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) award will expand our focus on availability of fresh, healthy foods for all Floridians, through retail, wholesale distribution outlets, and farmers’ markets.
  • $400,000 Disability Funding award will provide financing for development of housing and facilities that benefit individuals with disabilities.

“These awards from the CDFI fund show continued confidence in FCLF – our execution of lending programs and our outstanding performance creating high social impact,” said Ignacio Esteban, FCLF CEO.

“The FY 2018 CDFI Program and NACA Program awardees will provide vital financial services and lending to low-income communities nationwide,” said CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan.

Since inception, Florida Community Loan Fund has received 14 FA, 3 HFFI, and 1 Disability Funding CDFI awards. FCLF has financed $353 million through 328 loans, making possible over $980 million in new investments in low-income communities by combining these CDFI Fund award proceeds with capital from financial institutions, religious organizations, foundations, and other sources.

For more information on the CDFI Fund Awards, visit www.cdfifund.gov or view the full CDFI Program Award Book.

View the FCLF press release of 9/24/2018 here.

"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…

"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

"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'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

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

BBVA Compass

"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

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

Sabadell United Bank

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"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

"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

“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

"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

"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.

"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

“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

"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

"I recommend FCLF for attracting investment to the Florida Preservation Fund... I believe that says something about investor comfort." – Nancy Muller, Policy Director

Florida Housing Finance Corp.

"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

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

Metropolitan Ministries

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DuPuis Pointe Miami
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Valley Bank
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Emma Jewel Charter Academy
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF staff and US Legislative staff at an event honoring Youth of the Year.
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
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Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Haley Park Construction
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MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
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Mathis Place Resident
Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF Staff are on hand at conferences and events to discuss our programs.
Armature Works
FCLF and the NMTC Program renovated a historic building into a small business incubaor.
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
Greater Heights Resident
FCLF Financing to Neighbor Up Brevard helps provide affordable rental housing.
BNDC Greater Heights
Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
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