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.

"We couldn’t have pulled this project together without FCLF as partners. This is the start of great work in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield district." – Kevin Gay, Exec. Director

Operation New Hope

"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

"Without FCLF's support, we would not have been able to deliver the services our area so desperately needs. We look forward to a lifetime relationship." – Tom Griffin, CEO

The Transition House, Inc.

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

R.E.A.C.H.

"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

"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

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

Metropolitan Ministries

"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 was instrumental in making this important project a reality, bringing us one step closer to ending chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County." – Dr. Paul A. Ahr, President & CEO

Camillus House

"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 made it possible for us to provide many special needs and low-income students with the educational services that they need." – Charlotte Tollefson, Director & Founder

Woodlawn Community Academy

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

BBVA Compass

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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 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.

Our Partners

Axiom Bank
Support from Axiom Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF Staff are on hand at conferences and events to discuss our programs.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
Armature Works
FCLF and the NMTC Program renovated a historic building into a small business incubaor.
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF and NMTC are creating a new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Valley Bank
Support from Valley Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
Housing Programs, Inc.
FCLF financing to Housing Programs, Inc. helps provide affordable homes for ownership.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Support from TD Bank Charitable Foundation helps FCLF build strong communities.
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.
Mathis Place Resident
Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
Greater Heights Resident
FCLF Financing to Neighbor Up Brevard helps provide affordable rental housing.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF staff and US Legislative staff at an event honoring Youth of the Year.
Northern Trust Roundtable
FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
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.
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