Florida Community Loan Fund Awarded $2 Million from U.S. Dept. of Treasury CDFI Fund

03 October 2016

CDFI Award 2016 2Florida Community Loan Fund is pleased to announce that we have received a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund. This Financial Assistance award will be used to help achieve FCLF’s strategic plan goals:

  • increase financing;
  • diversify lending;
  • build organizational capacity and maintain strong financial position;
  • add value to community development in Florida through financing, expertise, and policy work.

In Florida, only 4 CDFIs received FA awards. Of these 4, Florida Community Loan Fund received the largest amount, at $2 million ‒ bringing our total cumulative FA and HFFI awards to $13.1 million. The award program is highly competitive: in this FY2016 award round, a total of 457 applications were received and only 158 organizations were awarded. Total award application requests were $675 million and the final awards total $170 million.

“The $2 million CDFI award will allow FCLF to continue to address affordable housing needs statewide,” said Ignacio Esteban, FCLF CEO. “It will also expand our coverage to address other needs of low-income Floridians, by financing community facilities for health, education, and food access.”

For 20 years Florida Community Loan Fund has successfully carried out our mission to provide flexible capital in low-income communities throughout Florida. FCLF is Florida’s only statewide CDFI, with over 250 loans closed in 32 counties where 90% of Floridians live. FCLF is focused on providing capital to community development organizations: both nonprofit and mission-focused for-profit. In many cases, we work with other sources, including banks and government, to make successful community development projects possible.

To learn more about FCLF and the projects we lend for, visit Meet Our Borrowers. To view our Strategic Plan goals, click here.
To see the list of FY2016 CDFI Award Recipients, click here. To learn more about the CDFI Fund Awards, visit www.cdfifund.gov.

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, into projects totaling more than $830 million. For more information, please visit www.fclf.org.

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 $43.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and $852 million 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 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 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

"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 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 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

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

Neighborhood Renaissance

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"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.

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

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"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

"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 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

“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 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…

"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

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

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

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

BBVA Compass

"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.

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TD Bank Charitable Foundation
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Valley Bank
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Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
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FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
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Greater Heights Resident
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Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
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BNDC Greater Heights
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MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
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ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
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Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
RCRI Conference 2012
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FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
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Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
Axiom Bank
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Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
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FCLF Board and Staff
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KIPP Jacksonville
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Mathis Place Resident
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