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.

"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.

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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

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

BBVA Compass

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

Neighborhood Renaissance

"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

"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 plays a significant role in sustaining vibrant and thriving communities. We are pleased to support your ongoing community based efforts." – Ernie Diaz, South Florida Market President

TD Charitable 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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 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

"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

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Our Partners

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