JPMorgan Chase $5 million Grant will Increase Affordable Housing in Central Florida

06 October 2017

FCLF NJCC Chase GrantJPMorgan Chase announced this week that it has awarded a total of $5 million to Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) and New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) to increase affordable housing in Central Florida.

Due to the lack of affordable rental units and other barriers, one in 50 families in Central Florida – including one in 17 children – experience homelessness each year. Many of these families end up living in hotels or motels, doubling up with other families, or in homeless shelters. (2015 Report by Barbara Poppe and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.)

FCLF and NJCC are two high-performing Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) who have previously worked together to provide affordable housing in Tampa and South Florida. This grant from JPMorgan Chase will allow our partnership to create innovative, new ways to develop affordable housing and fill the needs and gaps that currently exist.

“This collaboration brings together two highly capable organizations with complementing capacity and expertise to deliver more than we could achieve by ourselves,” said FCLF CEO Ignacio Esteban.

The $5 million grant seeks to increase affordable rental housing in 3 priority areas:

  • Increase multifamily affordable housing by testing and evaluating new and innovative models, such as the acquisition and repurposing of shipping containers;
  • Acquire pools of non-performing mortgages and rehab the units into high-quality, affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income families;
  • Provide innovative and long-term financing to nonprofits developing affordable multifamily housing.

The grant was announced in Orlando on October 5, 2017, by Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast for JPMorgan Chase. Also on the announcement program were City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

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Pictured above: Jeff Crum, New Jersey Community Capital; Brent Semachko, JPMorgan Chase; Ann Reinert, JPMorgan Chase; Wayne Meyer, New Jersey Community Capital; Ignacio Esteban, Florida Community Loan Fund


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 $308 million through 275 loans in Florida, making possible over $910 million in new investments in low-income communities. As a lending institution, FCLF’s borrowers include nonprofits and for-profit mission-focused developers, housing authorities, a wide range of social service organizations, and community health centers. Investors and supporters of FCLF include financial institutions, corporations, foundations, religious investors from various denominations, and federal and state government.

About New Jersey Community Capital. New Jersey Community Capital is a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides innovative financing and technical assistance to support the preservation and development of affordable housing and sustainable community development ventures that increase jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. Founded in 1987, NJCC has invested over $630 million in New Jersey communities, resulting in over 9,700 housing units, 7,300 early care slots, 16,500 education seats, and 9,600 jobs. For more information, visit: www.newjerseycommunitycapital.org.

About JPMorgan Chase. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

"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

“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

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

Sabadell United Bank

"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 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

“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

"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.

“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 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 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 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

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

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

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

Neighborhood Renaissance

"Our partnership with FCLF helps the American Dream of homeownership come true." – Michael Roberts, Exec Dir

R.E.A.C.H.

"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

"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

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

BBVA Compass

"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

"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

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KIPP Jacksonville
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Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
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Housing Programs, Inc.
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FLACDC Conference
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Greater Heights Resident
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
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Valley Bank
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
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Axiom Bank
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Armature Works
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Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
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DuPuis Pointe Miami
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BNDC Greater Heights
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Metro Min Grand Opening
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TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
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ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
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ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
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FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
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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.
Mathis Place Resident
Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
Haley Park Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Support from TD Bank Charitable Foundation helps FCLF build strong communities.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
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