Principal, The Community Concepts Group

FCLF Board Chair

Tallahassee

leigh-s-photo-2013-70wSusan J. Leigh has provided financial advisory services to developer clients over the past fifteen years. These services have included evaluating the projects financial needs through a financial analysis, determining the appropriate financing source, obtaining the financing, closing the transaction and follow through after the closing. Tax exempt bond financing has been utilized as well as HUD guarantees, the Florida Guarantee fund, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, SAIL (Florida), Home, and the Pre-development Loan Fund (Florida). This same level of expertise has been used advising Local Housing Finance Authorities in their ongoing housing policy discussions and implementation.  Her expertise extends to Single Family Tax Exempt Bonds which provide loans to first time homebuyers statewide. Since 2006, Susan Leigh, through The Community Concepts Group, has represented local housing finance authorities, for-profit and non-profit developers, state and local professional associations and local governments in the areas of policy development, identifying and obtaining financial resources, analysis of viability of proposed developments, and identifying strategies for successful developments. Ms. Leigh’s previous experience includes Executive Director and CEO of state housing agencies in Florida and Texas, and a private development company. She has been a Director of Florida Home Builders, a member of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, among other organizations. She has a degree from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Housing and Design from Oklahoma State University.

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

Dignity Health

"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

"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 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

"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

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

Metropolitan Ministries

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

Sabadell United Bank

"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

"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 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

"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

“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

"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

"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.

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

BBVA Compass

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

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"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 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

Our Partners

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