A Legacy of Caring
Father Robert Lott looked at the dilapidated buildings surrounding his parish in East Harlem and saw their potential value to the community. Working with state and city subsidized funding, tax credit programs, and the generosity of supporters, he was able to reclaim and revitalize the first sites. Today, SFDS Community Development Corporation, renamed Lott CDC to honor its founder, is a leading non-profit community-based development organization, providing 700 units in 25 buildings, including the Lott Assisted Living Residence, and the newly constructed All Saints complex. True to Father Lott’s vision, every unit is now, and will always remain, affordable housing for New Yorkers in need.
A man with a vision
The initiative began in the 1980’s with Reverend Father Robert 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 state and city subsidized programs and the generosity of benefactors, the first building was purchased and revitalized. Today, the community-based, not-for-profit organization, renamed the Lott CDC to memorialize its founder, developed and manages 27 buildings in 13 sites, creating over 700 units, from studios to three-bedroom apartments.
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Rev. Robert V. Lott
Founder – (1939-2002)
Father Lott was a visionary who saw outside of normal boundaries. He dedicated his life to teaching others to help themselves and their communities. Driven by the social gospel to serve those in need, he was a vigorous advocate for programs benefiting the elderly, and a prolific developer of low-income housing. Father Lott asked others to reach for goals that would intimidate most, and his sermons and liturgies inspired those around him to put God’s words into action.
Born in the Bronx on November 23, 1939, Father Lott was raised in St. Frances of Rome Parish in Wakefield. He studied at All Hallows High School, and graduated from lona College. Shortly after, he entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie and was ordained on May 29, 1965. After ordination, he pursued advanced studies in Liturgy and earned a Master’s Degree in Sacred Scripture. His first assignment was at St. John the Evangelist in White Plains, where he worked with the New York Apostolate for the Deaf. Father Lott served as Assistant Pastor of St. Peter’s in Yonkers and St. Joseph’s of Greenwich VIllage. While at St. Joseph’s, he co-founded and served as Chairman of the Caring Community, and he led that organization in the purchase of Village Nursing Home.
Father Lott was a former member of Planning Board II, and the co-founder and former Chairman of The Council of Senior Centers and Services. He was appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish on East 96th Street in July of 1987, and Administrator of St. Lucy’s Parish in 1998. At the former, he operated a soup kitchen and a shelter for the homeless. During the past fifteen years, he founded and served as Chairman of the Board and President of the SFDS Development Corporation. Through that not-for profit organization, he developed over 700 low-income housing units in East Harlem ranging from housing for the homeless to a model-assisted living facility for the elderly on Fifth Avenue. The Caring Community, Presbyterian Homes, and Village Care of New York have all honored him as Man of the Year.
The Lott Foundation Mission
Thank you for making a gift to the Lott Foundation. Support to the Lott Foundation can be made through a variety of ways which provide tax savings and other benefits to our donors.
If you are making a donation by check, please make it payable to:
1261 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
For donation information, please contact:
Tel: 212-534-6464, ext. 5102
Working together building tomorrow
The Lott Foundation was created in 2008 to help the SFDS Development Corporation (DBA Lott CDC) and Lott Assisted Living Operating Corporation advance their important missions. It serves as the fundraising arm for both organizations. Philanthropy is key to acquiring and revitalizing additional buildings, and to providing the state-of-the-art care and supportive services that enable residents to live with dignity, respect and independence. As a responsible steward, the Foundation ensures that all resources are used for the immediate, sustainable, and lasting benefit of both organizations and of the residents.
The Lott Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) entity.