About ACHIEVEability

Since 1981, ACHIEVEability has been breaking the cycle of poverty by helping low-income, single parent and homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency. We believe that housing is a necessary first step to ending poverty, and we develop our own program housing to help stabilize families. We know that in order to truly achieve permanent self-sufficiency and financial freedom, education is the key. Everything we do at ACHIEVEability is geared to helping our participants succeed and reach the goals they set for themselves and their families through our Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

We encourage all of our parents to work at least 30 hours per week and to complete at least 5 classes per year toward a post-secondary degree or its equivalent. ACHIEVEability's Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a rigorous program and the 19 parents who celebrated their graduation last year can tell you it is worth it.

ACHIEVEability has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, but among those of which we are most proud are:

  • Blue Ribbon Award Finalist for the PACDC Community-Academic Partnership Program (2014)
  • 100th Anniversary Recognition Award for the Lawson Residences at Von Louhr presented by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (2012)
  • 40 Under 40 Awared presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal (2011)
  • Unsung Heroes in Public Health by the National Community-Based Organization Network (2009)
  • Good Governance Award presented by the Philadelphia Foundation in Recognition of organizational excellence (2006)
  • Champion in Action for Housing (4th Quarter)(Citizen's Bank, NBC 10, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News) (2005)