Community Lodgings’ mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency.
Community Lodgings was founded in 1987 and purchased five apartment buildings with help from eight churches in Alexandria. These Affordable Housing units currently house 34 low-income families and are home to an average of 12 homeless families each year, who participate in the organization’s Transition in Place Housing Program. While in the program, transitional families are provided intensive case management, subsidized housing, family therapy, job counseling, budget mentoring, and child services, among other assistance. The program goal is for these families to become self-sufficient within two years.
To further promote and address the mission of self-sufficiency, Community Lodgings provides Youth Education Programs (YEP) at two Learning Centers for families in transitional housing, the working poor living in the Arlandria community and the compromised families living in Alexandria’s west end community of Brent Place. The program provides academic and behavioral support for 163 school age children four days per week. On average, children receive 225 hours of support per year through evening tutoring sessions, academic workshops and mentoring activities to promote healthy attitudes and conflict resolution. YEP also offers workshops and support to the families, providing a comprehensive program teaching the parents how to be an empowered adult and positively affect their children’s lives. The goal of the Youth Education Program is to prepare the next generation for self-sufficiency.