The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides FREE home safety visits to promote healthy homes. HNP is part of the Health Promotion Program at the Tompkins County Health Department, and is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.
COVID-19 Update: HNP visits are currently being done virtually with a contact-free drop off of home safety products.
For more information call the Healthy Neighborhoods Program at (607) 274-6702 or send an email to Diana Crouch.
The objective of this program is to promote healthy homes in specific target areas of Tompkins County by pursuing the following goals:
- Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
- Prevent Asthma Hospitalizations
- Prevent Residential Fire Deaths
- Prevent Lead Poisoning
- Reduce Indoor Tobacco Use
- Pest control
Homes are visited based on referrals from other agencies, community outreach, or interaction with our staff. An HNP staff member then works directly the resident to arrange a convenient time for a home visit. During the home visit, HNP staff will introduce ideas to promote a healthy home, and offer educational materials to help the resident determine what is best for their home. Staff may identify safety hazards or areas of concern, and follow-up with information and recommendations for improvement.
The program staff will work with you to develop a plan to help make your home safer! We will also provide products to help you meet these goals (subject to available supply). Products may include:
- Smoke detectors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Replacement batteries
- Radon test kits
- Fire extinguishers
- Asthma management tools
- Green cleaning items including Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Child safety products such as door knob covers, outlet covers, and cabinet latches
The New York State Health Department awarded the grant to Tompkins County to focus on target areas that have been shown to have a great need. These areas are:
- Village and Town of Groton
- City of Ithaca & Town of Ithaca
- Mobile home parks in the county
- Referrals for social service agencies
- Town of Enfield
- Town of Newfield
- Town of Dryden
If you live in one of the above areas you are eligible for the program! You do not need to own a home to participate; tenants are welcome and encouraged to participate!
For more information call the Healthy Neighborhoods Program at (607) 274-6702.
Although the Healthy Neighborhoods Program Educators are in your home, remember that we are not there to judge or be invasive. If you have any questions or concerns with anything in your home, we will gladly help you with any problems and refer you to local agencies or programs if we cannot assist you. Any identifying markers you provide us with (i.e. name, address, phone number) are kept confidential within our program. Only staff from our program have access to this information.
- Bed bugs
- Open Burning
- Pesticide Notification Law
- Mold in your home
- Lead Paint
- Green cleaning products: Baking Soda | Vinegar
- West Nile Virus
- Lyme Disease
- Asthma: Do you have asthma? Download the brochure from Healthy Lungs for Tompkins County.
Safety during storms and bad weather
- Prepare for Flooding
Flooding Quick Reference Guide:
Drinking water, food, household cleanup: What to do before, during, and after a flood. (PDF, 422KB)
- Prepare for Power Outages
Download this brochure
Don't Be Left in the Dark (PDF 880K)
¡No Quede a Oscuras! (PDF 870K)