In the mostly immigrant and minority neighborhoods of Alexandria, instability is a fact of life. Rates of unemployment, homelessness, and domestic violence are the highest in the city; only 21% of families are fluent in English; and 44% of households are headed by single parents. So Community Lodgings uses a holistic approach to lift families out of poverty for good. Housing is fundamental: 44 units of transitional and affordable housing give homeless and low-income families a stable place to live. But to achieve self-sufficiency, education and resources are crucial. At three neighborhood Learning Centers, clients have access to computers, translation assistance, and referrals, as well as classes in ESOL, parenting, economic empowerment, and more. The next generation is also surrounded with care: after school and in the summer, 150 kids (grades 1-12) gather at the centers for intensive tutoring, enrichment, and emotional support. Last year, all were promoted to the next grade level. Offering so much more than a place to live, Community Lodgings can be the real key to success.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria; The City of Alexandria's Arlandria-Chirilagua and West End neighborhoods

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Works closely with Alexandria City Public Schools

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Community Lodgings is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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