FCLF Awarded $65 Million NMTC Award

18 November 2016

CFHC Ribbon Cutting, Lake Wales ClinicAward from CDFI Fund to Deliver High Social Impact in Florida’s Low-Income Communities.

Florida Community Loan Fund today announced it has received $65 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation authority from the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. This award, the seventh for FCLF since 2003, is slated to deliver economic development and high social impact in distressed, low income census tracts around Florida.

The NMTC Award is important for Florida’s communities as it will fill financing gaps in projects that otherwise could not proceed. By targeting high social impact projects, such as community health centers, facilities serving homeless and other at-risk populations, and food access financing, the award helps fulfill FCLF’s overall mission. FCLF’s NMTC allocation secured to date totals $271 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury, with an additional $11.2 million having been received in NMTC from the State of Florida.

“We are excited about the impact that FCLF can have in Florida communities with this NMTC award,” said Ignacio Esteban, FCLF CEO. “We pride ourselves in being a consistent – and consistently reliable – source of capital and expertise. This award demonstrates the CDFI Fund’s confidence in our ability to provide capital, guidance, support and stability to the wide network of organizations that address the needs of Florida’s low income persons and communities.”

Over the past year, FCLF has invested in NMTC projects such as:

  • Central Florida Health Care, Polk and Highlands Counties, reaching 5,000 more low-income patients in rural communities with 2 new and 2 renovated NMTC-financed local clinics;
  • Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, Gainesville, breaking down barriers to science and technology and connecting low-income youth to academic resources and mentorship;
  • Lotus Village, Miami, providing shelter and a support system to homeless women, youth and children and doubling its former size with NMTC financing.

Nationally, the CDFI Fund has awarded a total of $7 billion in this round of NMTC awards to 120 organizations. This is the largest, single award round since the NMTC Program was created in 2001. Historically, NMTC awards have generated $8 of private investment for every dollar invested by the federal government. Since 2001, NMTCs have generated more than $42 billion in investments in low-income communities and businesses, resulting in the creation or retention of more than 500,000 jobs, and the construction or rehabilitation of more than 164 million square feet of commercial real estate.

Read the press release here

Pictured: Central Florida Health Care recently held a ribbon cutting at its new clinic in Lake Wales, Florida; renovation of the building was financed through FCLF's NMTC Program.

About 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 $250 million through 250 loans in Florida, making possible over $850 million in new investments in low-income communities, and has secured a total of $271 million to date in Federal NMTC awards. For more information, please visit www.fclf.org.

About the New Markets Tax Credit Program.The New Markets Tax Credit Program, established by Congress in December 2000, permits individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a non-refundable tax credit against federal income taxes for making equity investments in vehicles known as Community Development Entities (CDEs). CDEs that receive the tax credit allocation authority under the program are domestic corporations or partnerships that provide loans, investments, or financial counseling in low-income urban and rural communities. The tax credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the cost of the investment and is claimed over a seven-year period. The CDEs in turn use the capital raised to make investments in low-income communities.

CDEs must apply annually to the CDFI Fund to compete for New Markets Tax Credit Program allocation authority. The 120 organizations receiving awards were selected from a pool of 238 applicants that requested approximately $17.6 billion in allocation authority. To learn more about the New Markets Tax Credit Program, please view the program Fact Sheet or visit www.cdfifund.gov/nmtc.

About the CDFI Fund. Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $2.2 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through the CDFI Program, the NACA Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, the Capital Magnet Fund, and the Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $50.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and $1.1 billion has been guaranteed in bonds through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please view the Fact Sheet or visit the CDFI Fund’s website at www.cdfifund.gov.  

"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.

“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

"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

"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

"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

"Cade Museum is proud to be partners with FCLF and JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to the NMTC Program, we will provide a transformative asset to our community." – Jennifer Denault, COO

Cade Museum for Creativity & Inventi…

"We are delighted to partner with you to serve those most in need in our communities." – Eileen S. Coogan, President & CEO

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"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

“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 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 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 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

"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…

"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

"Our relationship with FCLF provides the capital to achieve long-lasting impact." – Terri Murray, Exec Dir

Neighborhood Renaissance

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

Metropolitan Ministries

"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 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

“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

Our Partners

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