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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.

HNP visits are conducted in-person or virtually, with option for a contact-free drop off of home safety products based on client preference. 

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

"HNP Door hanger"Who does the HNP serve?

HNP is open to all Tompkins County residents.
  • Renters and homeowners welcome
  • Not income-based

Some areas of the County are identified as having greater need for the supports offered by the HNP. While the program is open to all County residents, the following are areas of focus for outreach, including canvassing, events, and presentations:

  • Groton, Village and Town
  • Ithaca, City and Town
  • Mobile home parks in the county
  • Referrals from social service agencies
  • Town of Enfield
  • Town of Newfield
  • Town of Dryden

You do not need to own a home to participate; renters are welcome and encouraged to sign up!

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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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