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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Javits, Carla, 2008 February 4

Biographical / Historical

Carla Javits was one of United States Senator from New York Jacob Javits's three children. She held a bachelor's degree and a master's in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Carla Javits' father, along with Senator Robert F. Kennedy, created the Economic Opportunity Act that led to Restoration's initial funding, and subsequently laid the groundwork for its establishment. At that time, Carla Javits was around ten years old. Javits was the former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation for Supportive Housing and later became the President and CEO of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, which continued her twenty-five year career in advocacy for the homeless and disadvantaged.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Carla Javits discusses her father, Senator Jacob Javits, and his involvement in laying the groundwork for, and establishing, Restoration. She explains Restoration's role as an inspiration for other community development corporations (CDCs), as well as the necessity of federal financial support for the success of CDCs. At the interview's end, Javits touches on her current professional and philanthropic activities in non-profit organizations concerned with human development. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

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Subject Names

  • Javits, Carla
  • Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel)
  • Kennedy, Robert F.

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing

Subject Topics

  • Communities
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Economic development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Legislators -- United States

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Politics and government |y 20th century