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Alexandria’s Community Lodgings Receives $1M Grant From Citi Foundation

Lynn Thomas, Executive Director of Community Lodgings (left) and Jennifer Ayers, Executive Director of ALIVE! Photo: Tisara Photography/S. Halperson

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Community Lodgings has been selected to receive $1 million from Citi Foundation. The award, in the form of unrestricted grant support, is part of the Community Progress Makers initiative. Community Lodgings is one of 50 nonprofits nationwide to receive this honor.

According to a press release, Citi’s initiative “supports visionary organizations that are working to connect low-income communities to greater economic opportunity.” Participation is a three-year commitment because the organizations involved work together to address issues and/or needs.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we are excited to enter this transformational partnership,” said Lynn Thomas Executive Director at Community Lodgings. “Citi Foundation’s acknowledgment of our work with the CPM grant reassures us that our commitment to providing safe Transitional Housing, permanent Affordable Housing, and Youth Education Programs in the Arlandria-Chirilagua community is recognized as a sustainable model for the future.”

Founded in 1987, Community Lodgings helps people transition from homelessness and instability with various services, including transitional housing and youth educational programs. With Community Lodgings, people find self-sufficiency and independence.

“In listening to our nonprofit grantees over the years about what’s really going to make a difference for them, we doubled down on our funding, support, and the amount of time we’re dedicating to working with these organizations in an effort to scale their impact,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Head of Citi Community Investing & Development. “Through funding, collaboration, and technical assistance, we’re helping accelerate the innovation of visionary nonprofits with the hope of generating solutions that will drive lasting change for low-income communities.”

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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