Community Lodgings Transitional Housing Program provides transitional housing to six homeless families in the City of Alexandria. The program provides opportunities for motivated, residents 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 within 2 years. Case management and support services are designed to facilitate residential stability, increased skills and/or income, and greater self-determination.
Services are sufficient to enable residents to achieve the greatest level of self-sufficiency possible during their program stay resulting in their developing independent living skills and obtaining permanent housing; and at a minimum include but are not limited to the following: 1) developing a working Service Plan addressing progress goals toward permanent housing, employment stability, budgeting and financial management, educational/vocational training, physical and mental health, and home maintenance; 2) working with residents to improve their credit scores; 3) and assisting residents in applying for all subsidized housing programs for which they are eligible.
All support is focused on the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency within two years. They must agree to remain alcohol/drug free, pay a program fee (30% of monthly income), save 5% of monthly income, maintain full-time employment and attend all workshops/meetings.
Frequently Asked Questions about Transitional Housing
What are the eligibility guidelines for your transitional housing program?
Transitional Housing Eligibility Guidelines
Applicants for Community Lodgings’ transitional housing program must meet ALL of the following eligibility guidelines:
- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older
- Applicants must be a legal citizen of the United States
- Applicants must be employed at least 35 hours per week, and must be moving toward full time employment (40 hours)
- If you are a student, the employment requirements still apply
- Applicants must have been drug free for a year or more. If in a drug program (drug courts), applicant must provide documented clean time. Any applicant may be tested at any time while in our program
- Applicants must have identification issued by either the state of Virginia or a Northern Virginia shelter. Birth certificates and social security cards are required for all children of the applicant
- Applicants must meet Community Lodgings’ income guidelines, having a total family income that does not exceed 50% of the area’s median income
- Applicants must be experiencing a housing crisis such as being homeless, living in a shelter or be at imminent risk of becoming homeless
- All applicants must be willing to sign a program agreement and adhere to all programmatic guidelines
- All applicants must agree to share information regarding their social services, financial, mental health, medical, rental, employment and legal history
- All applicants must agree to provide police clearances and mental and physical health evaluations
- Parents must have custody of at least one minor child
- The parent must be willing to work on obtaining a GED or external diploma if s/he did not complete high school
- Families must be willing to have alcohol and drug free households (even if the parent has no history of addiction)
- For a two-parent household, both parents must meet all program criteria and requirements
The client must possess sufficient resources to provide for the program fee, basic living expenses (food, clothing, laundry, personal items, etc.), and savings. Income may be from a variety of sources. Full-time employment is required of all adult clients in the program unless enrolled in a pre-approved full-time vocational program. Resident is still required to have sufficient resources as outlined above.
IF you meet ALL of these guidelines, please contact the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) at 703-746-5700. You must go through this process before you can be referred to us. We receive all of our transitional housing applicants from them. DCHS may also refer you to other transitional housing services and programs in this area.
Do I need to have a job to be eligible?
Yes, you must be employed no less than 35 hours per week to be eligible for our transitional housing program.
What if I lose my job while I am in your program?
Upon acceptance into our program, you will receive a Community Lodgings Transitional Housing handbook. This handbook covers the procedures you must follow if you lose your job, along with other, comprehensive information about our program. We will work with you to help you put together a plan to seek new employment.
Will my children be able to attend the local schools?
Yes, your child will be enrolled in the schools closest to our transitional housing. Or, if you want them to stay in their current school which is out of the area, we can arrange for your child to stay there if you wish.
I come from a domestic violence household. How can I make sure my children and I are safe?
The domestic violence families in our transitional housing program were referred to us from DCHS and were placed in the city’s domestic violence shelter. While living in the shelter you will have access to support groups that will teach you how to keep you and your family safe. You will also learn how to develop a “safe plan” for you and your family. We can assist you with the development of a safe plan as well.
Are you coming from another agency? Download our agency referral form here.