The NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania Aging in Place program provides homeowners age 60 and above with services that focus on assisting them to continue living safely and with dignity in their home and community. The Aging in Place program proudly serves Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties.
Critical Safety and Accessibility Modifications - Through recommendations provided by Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), NeighborWorks coordinates and facilitates home modifications for older adults to prevent them from having to move into a facility-type living environment.
Volunteer Services - Working with local businesses, universities, schools, and the community, NeighborWorks coordinates small home repairs, interior/exterior painting, porch and step repair, weatherization services, home safety kit installations, grass cutting and lawn care services, snow removal, and social isolation prevention services. For more information on current volunteering opportunities, please access our Volunteer page.
Financial Counseling and Education - NeighborWorks has partnered with the Lackawanna County Tax Claim Bureau and the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging to offer support for the Elderly Property Tax and Extension Program which can extend, defer, or assist older adults who are behind on their property taxes. Older adults are also assisted with foreclosure prevention/loss mitigation counseling, budgeting, credit repair services, creating a spending plan, managing and establishing credit, and protecting assets from identity theft and other forms of financial fraud. A FREE credit report is also included.
Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) - Elder cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of an older adult’s friend or family member. ECHO cottages provide safety and autonomy for older adults along with easy access to family members who can provide assistance. Please refer to the ECHO page for more information about this program.
Interested individuals can fill out a complete application form, accessible here. You MUST provide a copy of your homeowner's insurance declaration page and submit proof of your household income, such as your Social Security benefit statement, recent tax return, employee pay statement, etc.
Please send all required documents to our office at: NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania; 815 Smith Street; Scranton, PA; 18504 (attn: Mary). Alternatively, documents can be faxed to (570)-558-2496. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling (570) 558-2490 or by emailing Mary Endrusick, Aging in Place Manager.
Due to our regional services, the Aging in Place program is proud to work with the following partners who help make our Aging in Place services a reality: AllOne Foundation & Charities, Geisinger, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Highmark, HNB Foundation, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging, The Moses Taylor Foundation, PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), PPL Foundation, The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and Wayne County Area Agency on Aging.
Thank you to the University of Scranton’s Physical Therapy Department, Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, and students Veronica C. Lenox and Carley Wiseman for putting together this video about simple tips for staying safe in your home.