Submitted by Brian Hoskins, Development Specialist, Achieveability

On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 ACHIEVEability will host a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony to proudly unveil the newly renovated and re-syndicated tax credit property, The Lawson Residences at Von Louhr. This $7 million project, which began back in early 2010, will come to completion in May 2012. Originally built in 1912, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Von Louhr building.

The newly remodeled building is being named in honor of Joel S. Lawson III, long tenured ACHIEVEability supporter and key member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Lawson has served on the ACHIEVEability board since 2005 and has held the position of Board Treasurer since 2007. During 2008 and 2009, he so graciously served as the interim CEO of the organization on a volunteer basis, providing guidance and leadership. In addition, he has been instrumental in supporting ACHIEVEability fundraising efforts.

This centennial celebration exemplifies the impact ACHIEVEability has had on the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The ceremony and dedication will honor ACHIEVEability’s 30 year history of serving the West Philadelphia Community and supporting single parent families in their journey to become self-sufficient.  

Founded in 1981, ACHIEVEability permanently breaks the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, community and economic development, and accountability. ACHIEVEability develops and manages affordable housing, provides a wide variety of supportive services to families and the community, and engages in community organizing, commercial corridor development, and community-based participatory research in partnership with local universities. ACHIEVEability’s impact is not only on individuals and families, but also on the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information please visit our website: