Housing Needs Survey Released Amid Pandemic

Housing Coalition LogoThe Lackawanna County Housing Coalition has released a housing needs survey to collect critical, up-to-date information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the residents of Lackawanna County. The survey is intended for tenants, landlords, homeowners, and community organization staff and is available online in both English and Spanish: 

  • Survey in English: bit.ly/lackawannahousing 
  • Survey in Spanish: bit.ly/lackawannahousingspanish 

Those who cannot complete the survey online may pick up a paper survey at United Neighborhood Centers Community Services, 410 Olive St., Scranton, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 

The information collected through this survey will be used by local housing and social service providers to assist residents who have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly those who may face eviction or foreclosure when state-wide moratoriums expire at the end of August. 

About the Housing Coalition: The Lackawanna County Housing Coalition is a catalyst for decent, safe, affordable housing. The Coalition’s members—which include nonprofit, public, and private affordable housing providers—seek to provide housing opportunities and empowerment towards self-sufficiency for all persons in Lackawanna County. For more information, visit http://www.lchousingcoalition.org. 

County Makes Changes to Arts and Culture Programs Due to COVID-19

lacka coThe Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will be redesigning its programming for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the safety of the public. 

Upcoming summer programs including The Scrantastic Spectacular on July 3, Art in the Park series and ARTS Engage! Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum have all been cancelled along with the 3 on 3 tournament.  Swimming at our parks’ pool and lakes is prohibited.  

Although options may be explored depending on recommendations from the CDC and state, fall and winter events, including the annual Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast and the Winter Market, have also been cancelled. The Trolley Museum is currently not open to the public or offering trolley rides.  The museum will follow the official guidelines regarding reopening.

To support local artists and creative local businesses during this time, the County along with Anthracite Events is launching the “NEPA Artists, Creators and Small Business Showcase” today.  It will run seasonally through December with the intent to create an online space to make shopping locally easier for the public.  Applications are now open and can be found atwww.lackawanamarkets.com.   

The County is currently running its Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Live! series every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, featuring local artists and other cultural producers, through today.

To stay updated on future Lackawanna County Arts and Culture programming during the pandemic, follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact the office at arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.

Dunmore Business Receive County Relief Grants During COVID Crisis

Dunmore businesses that are recipients of $2,500 Business Relief Grants from Lackawanna County include: Tiddlywinks Boutique, JAJI Inc., Gold Crown Pizza, Coviello’s Diner, and Nanny’s Eye Care for Kids PC, Caradan Inc., Colarusso Dunmore, Inc., JNJ Painting and More, John W. Farris Roofing & Siding, MJ Cordaro Electric Co. Inc.

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Other recipients in the county include: Hammerjax, Clifton Township; Nolan and Rogers, Keen’s Floral Factory Outlet Inc., Auto Bahn Title and Tag, Jeff D’Angelo Design Group, Scranton Running Company, 8 Count Dancewear, Davis Tires, Ipanema Grille; Paul Barely LLC/Adezzo Coffee Shop, AMPP Ideas/dba On and On, Hearing Specialties of NEPA, Symmetry Studio Partnership, Dunn’s Taverå Inc., Sharon’s Place, Vito Chiropractic, Williams Bakery, Soko Investments LLC dba as Sky Auto Sales, The Bog, Electric City Escape LLC, Industrial Electronics Inc., Frank A. Mazzeo, Esq., 536 Spruce Corp t/z Osaka Restaurant, Tunis Bridal Shoppe, White House Steak and Deli Inc., South Side Floral Shop, all of Scranton.Also,  Kay’s Pizza, Carbondale Township; Balance Pediatrics Inc., Tri-Star Academy, Jermyn; Sunshine Director/Acme Travel Company, LTD, MBC Solutions LLC, and Ranae’s Salon, AJ’s Lounge, Montage Landscraping Inc., Moosic; Marciano Contracting, Waverly; Dooley’s Pub and Eatery and Bloomin’ Idiots Floral and Garden Center, Ed Scoda Plumbing, Heating and Air, Old Forge, Frankie Carll Productions, Utopia Spa & Wellness, Inc., Clarks Summit; New Day Technologies, Vincent Possanza, OD, Furnish ABC Inc., Feel Good Motors, Ruchinski Enterprises, Dickson City, Mariano’s Cucina LLC, Caverna, The Eatery by Jessica, all of Jessup; Daniel J. Sullivan DDS, PC, Moscow.Also, Pinky’s Family Restaurant, The Cutting Crew, ScorpCorp (AJs Inn), and Fit AF, Nick’s Excavating and Construction, Champions Lounge t/a Bowling Enterprise, all of Carbondale; A Perfect 10 Hair and Nail Salon, La Plume; Magdon Music, Olyphant; The Training Loft, LLC, and Visions Personal Fitness dba Birchwood Fitness, City Limits Hair Studio, Ado Salon LLC, OHora Silk Screening, South Abington Township; Magnum Screening, Club 119, Inc., The Kimmy, Superior Care Pharmacy dba Medicap, Olyphant; RJA Company, Jefferson Township; House of Style by Kim, Lavender Goose, Capra Collina Winery, Fountain of Youth by Kim, TVR Inc., all of Blakely; Lonesome Road Archery, Taylor; Sweda Advertising LLC, Summit Frameworks, Clarks Green; Golden Karat Jewelry Store LLC, Mayfield; Fromert Custom Woodworking Inc., Madison Township.