FCLF Secures $30 Million in Bond Funding

02 October 2017

Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF), a statewide source of flexible financing for community and economic development, will receive $30 million in bond funding as part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (BGP). FCLF is one of eight Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that participated in a $145 million bond issued to Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), and the first in Florida to secure BGP funding.

FCLF will use the bond proceeds to finance affordable rental housing and commercial real estate projects throughout Florida low-income communities. “This long-term capital will be a significant resource for our borrowers, providing stable and predictable financing to address the critical needs across Florida for housing and social services,” said FCLF CEO Ignacio Esteban.

A total of $245 million in bonds were issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury in 2017. Enacted as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the BGP is an innovative federal credit program that offers credit-worthy certified CDFIs access to affordable long-term capital. Administered by the CDFI Fund at the Department of Treasury and designed to operate at no cost to taxpayers, the BGP brings highly qualified CDFIs long-term, low-cost capital to finance community and economic development in low-income or underserved rural areas.


FCLF BGP Award 2017About 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. To date, FCLF has financed over $300 million into projects totaling nearly $912 million, including affordable housing and community facilities that provide social services, such as food access, healthcare, homeless services, and education.

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

Sabadell United Bank

"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.

"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

"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

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

Allegany Franciscan 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 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.

"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

"FCLF has proven its community impact and hard work. We are proud to partner with FCLF." – Leslie Watson, Analyst, Community Investments

Dignity Health

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

Metropolitan Ministries

“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 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

"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

"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

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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

"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 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 Partners

Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
Northern Trust Roundtable
FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
DuPuis Pointe offers affordable, hurricane proof homes in Miami.
ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
FCLF Board and Staff
FCLF Board Members represent our investors, borrowers, and technical experts.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
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.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
FCLF representatives are ready to talk about your project success.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
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