Community Lodgings


Community Lodgings' mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency. We provide housing and services for nearly 25 homeless families per year, helping them to reach the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. We work with over 90 homeless and low-income children and their parents each day at our Family Learning Center, ensuring that they increase academic achievement and decrease at-risk behavior. 

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In 1987, Community Lodgings was founded by 8 Alexandria churches and purchased five apartment buildings in the Arlandria community. Since then, our organization has grown to provide housing for 46 homeless and low-income families. Our Transitional Housing Program (THP) provides housing and intensive case management for up to 14 homeless families at a time over a 2-year period. All families receive access to a caseworker, child services coordinator, career counselor, and expert budget mentors. We saved a total of 71 individuals from homelessness in 2009. In the last 3 years, 17 families successfully completed our program fully-employed and able to rent/purchase their own home. We also provide affordable housing for an additional 32 low-income families. To further promote self-sufficiency, we opened a learning center in 1998 where THP families and other disadvantaged Alexandrians took courses in computer literacy and ESL. In 2002, we introduced our Family Learning Center (FLC) and a Youth Education Program (YEP) to provide afterschool services for at-risk children in THP and throughout the community. YEP’s goals are to increase academic achievement and decrease at-risk behavior. In spring 2008 the space was doubled in size, allowing the program to expand and provide more instructional time for more than 90 at-risk children and their parents. With trusted bilingual staff and quality services, we are Arlandria’s best resource to help families reach self-sufficiency – serving over 250 families per week. The Catalogue of Philanthropy named Community Lodgings as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region”.


3912 Elbert Ave., #108Alexandria, VA 22305703-549-4407


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Community Lodgings Needs A Fridge!

Food & Shelter

This Week: Diapers for Homeless Families in Transition

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Arts on the Horizon Presents Under the Canopy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:30am - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 10:30am
Arts on the Horizon The Athenaeum 201 Prince St. Alexandria, VA 22314


Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association is turning 1!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Four Mile Run Center, 4109 Mount Vernon


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Community Lodgings Has a “Brand New” Building

Posted on: 02/14/2013 - 10:58am

Sponsor a Room at New Community Lodgings Location!

Posted on: 02/12/2013 - 2:02pm

There's No Place Like Home: Community Lodgings Begins Long Awaited Renovations

Posted on: 09/04/2012 - 3:17pm