Father and Son

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.

“A child and her family came to the area as refugees from Ethiopia. They were not familiar with our culture and did not speak English. The child was enrolled in Head Start’s South Scranton I Center in August and by Christmas was speaking in 3 to 4 word sentences. With the help and support of the Teachers at that site, the child is now communicating with staff and peers in full sentences.”

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123 Wyoming Ave Suite 311, Scranton, PA 18503, USA

(570) 963-6836