Our Approach

Our Approach

ACHIEVEability understands the value of measurements and accountability in helping families reach self-sufficiency. To this end, ACHIEVEability has developed the Family Self-Sufficiency Continuum, a tool to measure a family's progress toward self-sufficiency.

The continuum contains objective, measurable criteria for finance, education, parenting and personal development. Movement upward along the continuum, from level one through level five, represents success and accomplishments that will bring the family from depending on supportive services to self reliance.


ACHIEVEability parents are required to maintain employment while in the program. Their respective incomes must meet all necessary monthly expenses, including rent and utilities. At a minimum, parents must be working 30 hours per week.


Education is the key to success in ACHIEVEability's Family Self-Sufficiency Program. We require that all parents complete at least 5 classes per year toward a post-secondary degree or its equivalent. We provide personalized coaching, tutoring and educational assessments to our parents. Once they earn a bachelor's degree, we continue to support each family to ensure the complete transition to self-sufficiency. Each year we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our families.

During the past two years:

  • 13 parents earned associate’s degrees
  • 8 parents earned bachelor’s degrees
  • 4 parents earned RN/LPN certifications

Our parents attend the following schools:


ACHIEVEability helps over 300 children per year. We coach parents on how to provide for their families and how to further the healthy development of their children.


ACHIEVEability is a leader in developing and managing affordable housing in Philadelphia. We provide housing to families in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program as a first step toward their journeys to self-sufficiency. Our housing provides families the stability they need to pursue the education, obtain the employment and develop the life skills necessary for self-sufficiency.