Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency
SLHDA is a private corporation authorized to administer funds received from federal, state, local, or private funding entities to assess, design, operate, finance, and oversee anti-poverty programs. The Agency is intended to promote self-sufficiency and depends heavily on volunteer work, especially from the low-income community.
SLHDA was created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of a national network of federally funded Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) to administer various programs on the community level that assist people of low income out of poverty conditions. Incorporated in 1965, SLHDA began with a budget of $430,000 as a grantee for the federal Head Start Program maintaining fiscal and administrative responsibility for services in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties.
Over the past 50 years, the agency has developed a broad range of additional programs and services that promote school readiness for children and families and help families struggling with the effects of poverty. These range from employment, education, income management, weatherization, crisis and emergency food assistance to parenting support, child care, and Early Learning Programs.
How We Help
Making A Difference
Journey to Self-Sufficiency - Part 1
Journey to Self-Sufficiency - Part 2
Journey to Self-Sufficiency - Part 3
Journey to Self-Sufficiency – Part 1, focuses on Leah Gates from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee and Allison Perry from Bucks County Opportunity Council. Ms. Gates and Ms. Perry discusses how support from their Community Action Agency enabled them to further their educational goals, which ultimately boosted their earnings potential.
Journey to Self-Sufficiency – Part 2, focuses on Aisha Gaffney from the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment in Philadelphia and Rhonda Wilkins from Westmoreland Community Action. Ms. Gaffney and Ms. Wilkins each leveraged a specific Community Action program that empowered them to reach financial independence.
Journey to Self-Sufficiency – Part 3, Seth and Rachel Fredericks, a married couple, discuss their issues with heroin addiction and how the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action supported their path to recovery. We also hear from Jamie Rollison with the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency. Ms. Rollison discusses the difficulties she had asking for assistance and the impact Community Action played in her life.