A partnership among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, The Wright Center, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.

Housing Task Force - Regional Indicators

To improve the quality of life and standard of living for the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania through examination of housing stock and housing affordability.


  • The task force is comprised of diverse groups of professionals to convene and participate in creating policy solutions based on evidence and best practices that have the potential to impact legislation and beyond.

  • The task force examines a variety of issues related to housing planning and zoning, affordability, housing stock, and homelessness. Key data and trends concerning these factors as well as case studies and best practices are considered.

  • The task force will maintains a bilingual education information best website to assist new and existing homebuyers.

  • The task force produces newsletters and coordinates events related to housing.

Task Force Members

  • Charlie Kasko, Simplex Homes - Chair
  • Joe Boylan, Argent Eagle Development Corporation
  • Jesse Ergott, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Northeast
  • Steven Farrell, Owner, Classic Properties
  • Patrick Fricchione, President & CEO, Simplex Homes
  • Patricia Moroz, US, Housing & Urban Development
  • Joe Terrana, Terrana Law PC

2018 - Aging in Place
2017 - Measuring the Economic Impact of Blight in Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties
2017 - Landbanks - A Brief on Highest & Best Use of Properties, The Foundation of a Successful Land Bank
2016 - Homebuyer Handbook
2015 - A Demand Analysis of Accessible and Affordable Housing in Northeastern PA
2013 - 2014: The task force created a community toolkit on http://www.nepahousing.org site for small communities to learn about different aspects of housing planning. Each topic contains a definition, description, frequently used terms, a case study, resource section, and sample regulation.
2008 - 2012: The task force developed a housing education website in English and Spanish. NEPA Housing.
This portal links to a separate housing website for each Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties that include community information, resources and education information purchasing and maintaining a home.
Lackawanna County Housing
Luzerne County Housing