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Community Lodgings, Inc.

Opening Doors to Independence

aka CLI   |   Alexandria, VA   |  www.communitylodgings.org

Mission

Community Lodgings' mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through Transitional Housing, Affordable Housing, and Youth Education Programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, community members and volunteers, we are truly grateful for our community partners, donors, and volunteers who support our mission. We welcome tours of our programs to see your investment hard at work. For further information and/or to schedule a visit please contact our Director of Development Shelli Vasser Gilliam at [email protected].

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Lynn Thomas

Main address

3912 Elbert Ave. #108

Alexandria, VA 22305 USA

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EIN

54-1428495

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alexandria, VA is a historic, racially, and economically diverse city located in the inner Washington, DC suburbs. Community Lodgings serves the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhoods which have remained diverse despite the major gentrification surrounding it. These neighborhoods are home to hard-working immigrants whose earning potential is limited, in part, because of language and literacy barriers. This area is home to 71.5% Hispanic/Latinx residents with a median household income at $56,759 per year, far less than the HUD designated area median household income of $142,300 for City of Alexandria residents. According to the Northern Virginia Health Foundations "Dying Too Soon" study, the life expectancy of Arlandria-Chirilagua residents is projected to be 11 years less than those who live in more affluent adjacent neighborhoods. This stark disparity is attributed to social determinants of health to include not only health care but lack of educational support and affordable housing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing Program

Affordable housing has been at the heart of our work since we were founded in 1987 with the purchase of our first apartment building. Today, Community Lodgings provides 45 affordable housing units (well below market-rate rent) for low-income families in Chirilagua. Our residents are predominantly working immigrant Latinx families who have few other options for permanent, affordable housing in Alexandria (40 families, 150 individuals served). Five units are set-aside for our Transitional Housing Program to serve homeless families. Most notably, Community Lodgings has been approved by the City of Alexandria for a Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) to redevelop one of its properties. The 28-unit Elbert Avenue Apartments will become a new 91-unit building with 18 one-bedroom, 55 two-bedroom, and 18 highly sought-after three-bedroom units, more than tripling the affordable housing inventory available in Alexandria. We anticipate beginning a 3-year capital campaign starting in 2024.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people

Community Lodgings Transitional Housing Program provides opportunities for five motivated families, to obtain the necessary skills, income, resources, and services that will enable them to find permanent housing and to the best of their abilities, achieve the highest levels of self-sufficiency possible. Case management and support services are designed to facilitate residential stability, increase vocational skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination. Services enable residents to reach the highest level of self-sufficiency possible during their 24 month program stay. Support services include but are not limited to the following: 1) wrap-around case management; 2) financial literacy education to include credit counseling and a budgeting mentor; 3) weekly support and education groups and, 4) advocacy and direct connection with specialized services depending on the families' needs and goals.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Community Lodgings' understands how critical education is helping youth achieve success. Our out-of-school-time and mentoring program currently provides up to 125 at-risk children, grades 1-12, with a safe and supportive learning environment five days a week at three different learning centers. Our office and apartments are right in the Chirilagua neighborhood and many of our families work with us for years building community relationships and trust. We provide over 500 hours of programming each year tutoring, STEM, fine arts, socially conscious cooking, Peace and Leadership clubs, Spitfire Girls Reading, girls and boys mentoring and a 6-week Summer Enrichment Camp. We have a strong partnership with Alexandria City Public Schools and are able to, with parental consent, access students grades, homework assignments, attendance and any behavior concerns to ensure our programming supports their success in school and in life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Low-income people
Homeless people
Immigrants

Throughout the academic year, our Youth Education Program (YEP) administers the Weekender Program every Friday sending all students home with food for the weekend in an effort to combat the struggles of food insecurity. As 100% of the students in our program qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program, it is not guaranteed that all of our students will receive enough food when school is not in session. The supplemental food provided by the Weekender Program helps to meet our students and their families' nutrition needs.

In the Weekender Program, students receive a Weekender sack of nutritious food and snacks weekly on Fridays with extra food for 3-day weekends, winter, and spring break.

Population(s) Served
Children
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Alexandria's Children Community Partner Award 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who participated in our Youth Education Program in the 2022-2023 School Year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Affordable Housing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Weekender food bags distributed for families in our community.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Weekender Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community Lodgings offers transitional housing for homeless families, and safe, permanent affordable housing, as well as a Youth Education Program. The organization owns 45 apartment units, which includes 5 units of Transitional Housing and 40 units of affordable housing. Our Youth Education Program is an out-of-school time, structured program for 1st through 12th grade students in the community. Community Lodgings was built on the principles of advocating and providing affordable housing for a community that was striving to survive racial discrimination and turmoil. This is why we are committed to preserving and expanding affordable housing and providing quality education for youth. Our programs work to reduce barriers for families to secure financial stability and create opportunities for their children to achieve the American Dream forging a pathway to economic and personal success in life.

Community Lodgings' Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders participated in developing a 5-year Strategic Plan using a professional facilitator to conduct an Environmental Assessment, Practical Vision Workshops, and SWOT Analysis to define and measure our strategic direction for 2021 2025. The following strategies are leading and will continue to lead our efforts for the next three years with more details available in our Strategic Plan document. We anticipate a new Strategic Planning process to begin in 2025.

1) Active Board Leadership
2) Robust Well-Funded Transitional Housing Program
3) Leveraged Technology & Data
4) Expanded Real Estate Assets Including Affordable Housing
5) Sustainable Community Education Programs
6) Solid Financial Foundation
7) Consistent, Focused, Powerful Branding

Our organization has the benefit of having the support of local business, faith-based organizations and individuals that keep Community Lodgings' mission alive through contributions, partnerships and volunteerism. We partner with more than 50 organizations each year to leverage resources and collaborate on services. We also have a diverse and knowledgeable group of 10 staff and 13 board members and hundreds of program participants that offer unique perspectives and problem-solving techniques to expand the agency's mission and best serve our community.

Community Lodgings is unique in that we provide a continuum of housing and supportive services so that our residents do not have to leave the community to receive resources and support for the entire family. Individuals and families exiting homeless shelters can move into transitional housing for up to 2 years, and then to affordable, permanent housing. While in transitional housing or living in the affordable housing units, families can take advantage of the services, resources, out-of-school time activities and programs offered for the children and parents at our Learning Centers. Last year, Community Lodgings helped over 300 families and individuals providing quality out-of-school time education, low-to-moderate income affordable housing and transitional housing to homeless. With trusted bilingual staff, committed volunteers and quality services we will continue our work by opening doors to independence for residents of the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhoods.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Community Lodgings, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Stilp

Retired- Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Term: 2014 -

Marty DeVine

Freelance writer

Steve Wallace, Esq.

Nixon Peabody

Christy Zeitz

Fellowship Square Foundation

Donna Cramer

McEnearney Associates, Inc.

Selena Hutchinson

Retired, DoD Cybersecurity

Lisa Lettieri

Rust | Orling Architecture

Thomas McFarlane

Booz Allen

Elizabeth Myllenbeck

CEO of Sonoma Cellar & Educator for DoDEA Virtual School

Chelsea A. Neil

Manager of Political & Government Affairs for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council

Angela Welsh

Fundraising Consultant

David McCarthy, Esq.

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council

Agatha Aramayo

PR Consulting Marketing and Branding

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data