FCLF Receives Fifth Third Foundation Grant Award

28 November 2018
Fifth Third FCLF SOC 2018 11Strengthening Our Communities award of $50,000 will support statewide financing programs

Florida Community Loan Fund has received $50,000 from Fifth Third Foundation's Strengthening Our Communities fund. This award will help FCLF provide affordable housing through its lending programs that bring capital to Florida's low-income communities. In 2018, the SOC fund awarded a total of $3 million dollars; bringing the program’s two-year total to $5.5 million. The SOC fund allows opportunities to positively affect communities through strategic philanthropic partnerships that align with the Fifth Third Bank community impact focus area priorities and Community Reinvestment Act objectives. Focus areas of the SOC are home ownership, affordable housing, small business development, and financial stability for families and individuals.

“The Fifth Third Foundation’s Strengthening Our Communities grant will support our community development financing programs and will help lead $15 million in direct financing by Florida Community Loan Fund,” said Ignacio Esteban, FCLF CEO. “Our financing creates opportunities for low-income Floridians including decent, safe and affordable housing. We thank Fifth Third for supporting our vision that every person in every community in Florida has an opportunity to live with dignity.”

FCLF is pleased to partner with Fifth Third Foundation to build strong and resourceful neighborhoods for our state’s low-income families. The Strengthening our Communities grant will support FCLF’s statewide community development lending efforts and help reach our 2019 fiscal year strategic goals in affordable housing financing and increasing capital deployment. As Florida’s most respected statewide community lender, Florida Community Loan Fund takes pride in helping underserved and underfunded communities. For over twenty years, our financing and expertise have supported growth and added value into our neighborhoods; and we continue to develop new resources and explore unique avenues to infuse more capital and build strong Florida communities.

“The Strengthening Our Community grants are impactful. Regardless of the neighborhood where one lives or works, every community is an ever-evolving, all-encompassing entity, created by the people who call those neighborhoods home,” said Heidi Jark, managing director, Fifth Third Foundation. “We are intentional about building communities because we know that as their residents become empowered, their entire surroundings will flourish.”

Learn more in the Fifth Third Foundation press release here.

"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

"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

"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 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

“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

"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

“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 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.

"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'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

"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

"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 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

"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.

"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

"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

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

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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

Our Partners

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