Fall 2021 State of Scranton Seminar to Focus on State of Housing in Scranton

Challenges and opportunities, equity and access, and economic and community development best practices surrounding housing in Scranton will be explored by panelists and participants in November’s State of Scranton Seminar.
Fall 2021 State of Scranton Seminar to Focus on State of Housing in Scranton

The fall 2021 State of Scranton Seminar Series will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. in The Kane Forum in Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Hall at The University of Scranton, and focus on the State of Housing in Scranton. In this seminar, panelists will discuss the current challenges and opportunities surrounding housing in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The pandemic has put renewed focus on housing, with small to mid-sized cities across the nation facing an array of challenges and opportunities. Individuals and families seeking to live in smaller cities like Scranton have spurred new investment and restoration of historically blighted properties while low-and moderate-income residents have faced rising housing costs amidst increased economic distress. This seminar will seek to address the important questions surrounding the current state of housing in Scranton today, including: What is the status of affordable housing units in Scranton? What is the current and future outlook for market-rate housing? What kinds of best practices in economic and community development can Scranton utilize to ensure that all residents are able to access a safe, welcoming and dignified place to live? How can cities innovate at this critical time? 

This event will begin with an opening presentation with panelists: Eileen Cipriani, Director, Office of Community Development, City of Scranton; Marty Fotta, Vice President of Community Development, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA; Dana Hanchin, President and CEO, HDC MidAtlantic; and Sara Levy, Associate Broker and Regional Sales Manager, Classic Properties. A Q&A session with follow along with table-discussions around related themes, including: housing challenges and opportunities, equity and access issues and economic and community development best practices.

Registration is required for this event at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ScrantonHousing For questions, please email community@scranton.edu and for more information please visit here.

This presentation and discussion are a part of the State of Scranton seminar series. Through campus and guest speakers, this series serves to engage the varied opportunities and challenges facing the Greater Scranton area. Q&A and table discussions will provide an opportunity for engagement

This event is cosponsored by The University of Scranton, NeighborWorks NEPA, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation with special thanks to the following University offices for their support: the Office of Community and Government Relations, Center for Service and Social Justice, the Jesuit Center, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, the Ellacuría Initiative and the Political Science Department.

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