Lackawanna County has been awarded Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) and State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) funds under the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  The County has been chosen to receive:

  • $106,932 to supplement emergency shelter and utility programs from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Phase 34.
  • $343,581 to supplement emergency food programs from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture 2017/18.

Under the terms of the grant from the EFS, National Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profit or units of government; 2) have an accounting system; 3) practice nondiscrimination; 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.  Applications may be picked up starting Monday August 28, 2017 at the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties (615 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA Tel: 570-343-1267).  Completed application must be submitted via email by 12:00 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

A Provider meeting has been scheduled for 1:00 pm Thursday August 31, 2017 at the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, 615 Jefferson Ave, Scranton PA.  Qualifying organizations are encouraged to attend.  Further information on the program or to secure a RFP application may be obtained by contacting:

Stig Fromm Chairman, EFSP Local Board

c/o United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties

615 Jefferson Avenue PO Box 526

Scranton, PA 18501-0526

Phone: (570) 343-1267 ext. 226


The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is hosting its third annual networking event for direct service professionals

The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is hosting its third annual networking event for direct service professionals working with youth in transition. Speed Networking 2.0 will be held on April 25, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at the Allied Services – Stauffer Industrial Park. The event is being sponsored by Al lied Services. The goal of this event is to increase inter-disciplinary communication and knowledge in order to provide stronger, more comprehensive services for youth transitioning into adulthood. This is the third event of its kind since the IL Collaborative began in 2013. Representatives from multiple systems including education , substance abuse, mental health, juvenile probation , intellectual disabilities, and child welfare, along with community based agencies will come together to hear from a youth currently in the transition process and then to share information with one another.

The Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative is a group of approximately 30 plus agencies, schools , community agencies, mental health, substance abuse providers and the like who are serving youth ranging in age from 16-21 years-old and assisting them along the journey to adulthood. Increasing communication among providers is one of the primary goals of the IL Collaborative. This is achieved through networking opportunities and semi-annual trainings focused on topics related to transition age youth . Additional efforts center on access to transportation, affordable housing, and teen parenting. Since its inception in 2013, the Lackawanna County IL Collaborative has touched over 400 direct service professionals.

For more information about the Speed Networking 2.0 event or about the Independent Living Collaborative, please contact Lori Chaffers , MSW , Supervisor – Independent Living Unit
at 570-963-6781 or via email at


The Lackawanna County Department of Human Services on behalf of the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners, is developing the HUMAN SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PLAN and budgets for the Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016.  In order to assist the County in completing this task, the Lackawanna County Department of Human Services in cooperation with the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs,  Lackawanna County Office of Youth & Family Services, and Special Services, i.e., Human Service Development Fund and Homeless Assistance Program, are requesting input from all interested residents and/or from agency representatives of Lackawanna County for this Plan.

Public hearings will be held as follows

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:30 P.M. at United Neighborhood Centers, 425 Alder Street, Scranton, PA 18505 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lackawanna County Administration Building, 200 Adams Avenue, 5th Floor, Scranton, PA  18503 

If we can help you with any special needs you may have, to enable you to attend, please contact:

William Browning, Executive Director
Lackawanna County Department of Human Services
200 Adams Avenue, 4th Floor
Scranton, PA  18503
Phone:  570-963-6790