Building affordable housing, creating sustainable communities

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Benefactors are the lifeblood of this important initiative. There are many ways to help, from donating a building to donating a few dollars. Please take a moment to explore the ways you can help build a brighter future for New Yorkers in need.

For more information, please contact
Christopher Cirillo, or call:
212-410-3153 x17.

Shaping the future, home by home

The Lott Community Development Corporation was founded on a single mission: to build a better quality of life for New York’s elderly, those who were formerly homeless, and individuals of low to moderate income. The organization accomplishes this mission by building safe, sustainable, beautiful housing and providing supportive services that help residents lead independent and fulfilling lives. Since its founding in 1988 as SFDS Development Corporation, Lott CDC has grown to become a leading force in revitalizing the East and Central Harlem communities, helping thousands of New Yorkers live with dignity and respect. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Lott CDC is beginning a comprehensive renovation of its portfolio, with a focus on making its buildings more sustainable and improving resident quality-of-life. The organization remains committed to its mission and is working to expand its portfolio to provide additional affordable housing in the neighborhoods it serves.

A man with a vision
The initiative began with Reverend Robert V. Lott, who saw in the many derelict buildings around him the means to a better life for those in great need. With the help of city, state, and federal programs and the generosity of private benefactors, the first building was purchased and revitalized. Today, this community-based, non-profit organization owns and manages twelve apartment communities encompassing 27 buildings and almost 700 apartments. Lott CDC's buildings provide housing for households of all sizes, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments. One third of the organization's apartments are reserved for seniors age 62 and over. Click here to read more about Father Lott.

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