NFEDC

PO Box 550, Gretna, Florida 32332 (850) 856—5025

PROGRAMS
 

Community/Housing Development

Jericho Organizing Project

This project is designed to build leaders from the community and to expand the community's capacity to address the needs of its residents while attacking the root causes of hunger and poverty. In addition, the program operates several community-governed food sharing cooperatives.
 

Food Sharing Cooperative Program

This program is designed to combat hunger and poverty at the grassroots level by organizing, training, and educating the general constituency in the local communities. The program shares the general philosophy that hunger and poverty are not problems of a few individuals, but the responsibilities of all individuals. This program is unique because it provides a solution that unites the community towards alleviating hunger and poverty. The cooperatives established a network through which the community shares the distribution expense of surplus and perishable food to needy families.

 

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation

(FHFC) certified NFEDC as a Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDO) in March of 1995. NFEDC has produced affordable housing with funding from the following sources: Capital City Bank; Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLB) Atlanta; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development; Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Gadsden County SHIP Partnership; and Local Initiative Support Corporations Rural LISC Program

 

Rural Home Loan Partnership (RHLP)

A national partnership for homeownership in rural America between the Rural Housing Services (RHS), the Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLB), and the Local Initiatives Support Corporations rural program (Rural LISC). The RHLP was created to deliver a new single-family mortgage product for families below 80 percent of area median income. Homeownership counseling and support for borrowers will be delivered through a local partnership to include the Local Initiative Support Corporations rural program (Rural LISC) and Rural LISC Core CDC, NFEDC, FHLB System member financial institution- Capital City Bank, and the local RHS office.

Lanier Oak Townhomes

This project was funded through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to construct twenty-two (22) units, six (6) two (2) bedrooms, two (2) baths units and sixteen (16) three (3) bedroom two (2) baths units in Gretna. Rural LISC has committed to provide funding for predevelopment activities. NFEEDC was awarded a direct subsidy grant from Capital City Bank (CCB) and the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Atlantas Affordable Housing Program. CCB and the FHLB of Atlanta will also provide funding for mortgages.

South Springs Planned Community

NFEDC submitted a successful application to the State of Florida for funding through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation's Predevelopment Loan Payment (PLP). These funds were allocated to purchase ninety-two (92) acres of land in South Quincy for development of affordable single and multi-family housing.

 

 

Economic Development

Wellsprings Initiative

The initiative incorporates the latest in planning concepts by utilizing the "New Urbanism" model which promotes the revitalization of urban cores with mixed uses for access to employment and retail centers. The economic development project for begins with the establishment of the "Wellsprings Foods & Supplements" food processing plants. NFEDC acquired what was formerly the "Quincy Farm Feed Mill", a 20,000 square feet industrial/commercial facility on 2.5 acres in the heart of downtown Quincy.

 

Big Bend Farmers Cooperative

The cooperative is comprised of limited resource farmers and non-tradiational farmers. These farmers work collectively on individual plots to plant, oversee and harvest crops. These farms are privately owned or rented. The farms are classified into three (3) categories: certified organic; organic but not certified; and traditional farms transitioning into organic farming techniques. The cooperative works with the Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. for certification as well as education and training. The Wellsprings Food Processing Plant buys the crops from the cooperative.

 

South Regional Alternative Agriculture Project

A tri-state collaborative in rural Southwest Georgia, North Florida, and South Alabama. SRAAP builds upon the region's rich natural resource base a diverse and talented population through economic development programs based on food and farming systems.

 

Youth Development

The Green Thumb Project

The Green Thumb Project is to supplement NFEDC's adult literacy efforts by attracting those participants that would succeed in its Youthbuild program but do not enroll because they are disinterested in construction technology and are more interested in experiential education/job training in horticulture/agriculture.

 

Environment & Healthy Lifestyle Promotion

Wholistic Wellness Center

The Wholistic Wellness Center, located at 1006 W. 4th Street, Quincy, Florida, provides a number of services for the Gadsden County community. Realizing the need for better health awareness and education, residents of this rural community can now take part of an American-wide fight for a healthier living.

To help you get started in an adventurous journey to be fit and holistic, our health clinic offers free blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, weight management consultations, and doctor referrals on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm-7pm and Saturdays at 10am-6pm.

Also, we offer health education informational training in Nutrition, Cessation, Medication abuse, Diabetes management, and cardiovascular wellness classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm-7pm. Our Fitness Center has several treadmills, recumbent cycles, elliptical machines, and a resistive weight station along with an on-site Physical Fitness trainer to assist you on proper exercise techniques. This is offered Monday-Friday at 5pm-9pm and Saturday at 5pm-6pm. For more information or sign-up call (850) 875-3950.