Neighborhoods Can Shape Success

Neighborhoods can shape success - down to the level of a city block. A small but intriguing study done in West Philadelphia points to the importance of what researchers call microenvironments. Please click here to read an article published in The Atlantic which highlights the study done by a group of researchers from The University of Pennsylvania.


New West Philly Community Clean-Up Day

The third annual New West Community Clean-Up Day was a huge success. Thanks to a partnership with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., District Attorney Seth Williams, and Ready, Willing & Able - Philadelphia, ACHIEVEability staff, and the support of PECO volunteers, we cleaned eight square blocks in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia on Friday, May 20th.


Thanks to the CLIP (Community Life Improvement Program) of the City of Philadelphia Government for providing sufficient tools for the project.


For more information about ACHIEVEability and how you can get involved to support your Philadelphia community, please click here




Community Services Office Town Hall Meeting

The Community Services Office quarterly Town Hall Meeting took place on Saturday, May 14th at Anderson Multicultural Center. More than 50 local West Philadelphia residents were in attendance.


Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Deputy Police Chief Myron Patterson and License & Inspection Commissioner David Perri addressed matters including funding opportunities for individuals and businesses, business development in Wynnefield, issues with abandoned cars, houses and lots, crime prevention strategies, the zoning permit process and property maintenance code.


For additional information, including upcoming Town Hall meetings, please contact the ACHIEVEability Community Services Office at 215-748-8838 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Mother's Day Appreciation Event

On Saturday, May 14th, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program hosted a Mother's Day event for the hardworking single mothers in our program. Nearly 20 families attended the event which focused on healthy lifestyles. In addition to sitting down to a healthy and nutritious brunch, all of the mothers received a special Mother's Day gift bag including a mason jar with healthy mason jar salad recipes. 


The event was topped off with a Zoomba class in which the mothers and their children participated. 


ACHIEVEability families are 97% female headed households. Each of these amazing women come from very diverse backgrounds with a multitude of challenges. Yet, through perseverance and a foundation of support provided by our program, our mothers continue to overcome life’s obstacles and become better parents, work toward their educational and financial goals, and ultimately, create paths toward success.



Celebrating 35 Years of Stepping Up to Break the Generational Cycle of Poverty

35 years ago a group of pioneers organized to improve the future of low income, single homeless parents in West Philadelphia. This group was originally known as Philadelphians Concerned About Housing (PCAH), and their dream was to provide a safety net of comprehensive support services and housing for women and men seeking to break free from homelessness and poverty. ACHIEVEability was founded on the importance of providing families with the tools and resources needed to attain higher education, develop careers and become homeowners. 

Fast forward to today. Our programs have strong outcomes, are considered “best practice” in the field, and are praised for their impact. A strategic alliance has been formed with Mission First Housing Group that strengthens our ability to reach even more families, and to grow ACHIEVEability’s community engagement and services agenda. We have a strong and influential board of directors and an extraordinary, compelling staff that delivers every day for children and families.

Perhaps most importantly, we have all of you - our friends, partners, funders, volunteers. You are champions for this work and we cannot do it without you! Please continue to share your energy, resources and amazing passion so that together we can change the trajectory of poverty - one family at a time. Thank you so much for being with us!


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