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HNP logoWhat is the Healthy Neighborhoods Program?

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.

The objective of this program is to promote healthy homes in specific target areas of Tompkins County by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
  2. Prevent Asthma Hospitalizations
  3. Prevent Residential Fire Deaths
  4. Prevent Lead Poisoning
  5. Reduce Indoor Tobacco Use
  6. Pest control

How Does the Healthy Neighborhoods Program Work?

HNP ProductsHomes 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

How Do I Qualify for the Program?

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:

  1. Village and Town of Groton
  2. City of Ithaca & Town of Ithaca
  3. Mobile home parks in the county
  4. Referrals for social service agencies
  5. Town of Enfield
  6. Town of Newfield
  7. 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!

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For more information, questions, or to make an appointment, call or email

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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.

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