The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development (The Institute) produces community based research and mobilizes the resources of regional institutions of higher education to engage in regional research and strategy development. Wilkes University, as the founder and managing partner in The Institute, collaborates closely with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Keystone College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Pennsylvania State University/Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, the University of Scranton and The Wright Center.
The overall goal of The Institute’s housing website is to take a proactive approach of educating northeastern Pennsylvania residents on pertinent housing topics, to avoid a market collapse.
This educational website will provide resources that are user friendly to consumers in the region. The website will inform residents about all facets of the housing industry in order that they make the most informed decision as possible—whether it’s buying, selling, renting, building, or even refinancing their home. This knowledge will help consumers avoid the pitfalls of predatory lending, and encourage them to seek professional guidance when looking to buy or sell a home.
To improve the quality of life and standard of living for the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania through examination of housing stock and housing affordability.
2017 – Measuring the Economic Impact of Blight in Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties
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.
The Institute also provides data, analysis, strategy, and implementation recommendations to provide solutions to clients. The Institute services include: