NeighborWorks NEPA Collaborates on Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania (NeighborWorks) and the Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging have collaborated to bring the Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) program to Luzerne County to help older adults live safely and independently near caregivers in their community.

NeighborWorks and the Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging have been given the opportunity to provide the first ECHO unit to Luzerne County older adults thanks to a grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) and Pennsylvania for Aging (P4A) through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). ECHO units are small, separate manufactured homes that are temporarily placed on the property of an older adult’s friend or family member, allowing the older adult to maintain independence while the property owner continues to provide caregiving to ensure the older adult’s safety.

Applications will be taken until February 15, 2024. Interested parties can access the application and Frequently Asked Questions on the NeighborWorks website at www.nwnepa.org or at the Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging office located at 111 N Pennsylvania Boulevard, Suite 100, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria: host property located in Luzerne County, PA; older adult income at or below 80% area median income; older adult must be able to live independently but require occasional caregiver assistance; older adult must be agreeable to paying affordable rent.

Build and unit placement will be provided by Simplex Homes.

For more information and a schedule of events please contact Sean McDonough, Project Manager at 570-558-2490.

NeighborWorks Northeast Pennsylvania Receives Grant from PPL Foundation

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Smart Home Technology for Older Adults program.


The Smart Home Technology for Older Adults program, a part of NeighborWorks’ Aging in Place program, which provides accessibility and critical safety modifications to older adults, allowing them to continue living safely and independently in their homes and communities. This program is made possible through a partnership with the University of Scranton’s Occupational Therapy Department and Lackawanna College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program.


The program includes the installation of smart home technology items such as Echo Shows, Ring Doorbells, Smart Plugs, Alexa units, and exterior solar lights. These devices enhance safety and independence for older adults, helping them with tasks like identifying visitors at the door, turning on lights, and setting medication reminders.


Mary Endrusick, NeighborWorks’ Aging in Place Manager, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The installation of these smart home devices will significantly improve the safety and quality of life for older adults in our community. We are grateful for the generous support of the PPL Foundation in making this program possible.”

About NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania:
NeighborWorks is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than 40 years to increase the financial stability of families and individuals by providing programs and services that create and preserve responsible homeownership and affordable housing throughout the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. With programs including homeownership coaching and education, aging in place, home renovation services, and neighborhood revitalization initiatives, NeighborWorks is deeply ingrained in the community. More information about NeighborWorks can be found at www.nwnepa.org.

About the PPL Foundation:
The PPL Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization formed to support community initiatives in the areas served by PPL Corporation’s utilities. Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are engaged in innovative and groundbreaking work to create vibrant, sustainable communities; advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and support children’s success from cradle to career in both Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Learn more at pplcares.com.