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Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods

About the Program

The Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods program addresses big challenges on a small scale, one neighborhood at a time. Through door-to-door conversations and neighborhood events, project staff members connect Tacoma residents to local resources that help them make their homes and community healthier and more eco-friendly while reducing everyday household costs.

 

Available Help

Heating

We work with multiple partners to offer the following programs that improve household heating while reducing the size of your energy bill:

  • Bill Payment Assistance
  • Home Repair
  • Window Replacement
  • Insulation
  • Ductless Heat Pump
  • Uncertified Wood Stove Disposal or Replacement (see Air Quality tab)

Electric Heating (Tacoma Power)

  • $800 toward a ductless heat pump
  • Up to $1,000 toward replacement windows
  • Up to $3,000 toward insulation
  • Up to $450 toward sealing leaky air ducts
  • You can get 7-year, 0% financing to help cover the cost of improving your home's efficiency
  • Contact: (253) 502-8377 or email

Natural Gas Heating (Puget Sound Energy)

  • Up to $1,000 toward replacement windows
  • Up to $1,900 toward insulation
  • Contact: (800) 562-1482, email, or web form

Weatherization and Home Repair (Metropolitan Development Council)

 

Qualified low-income residents can receive:

  • Support for household weatherization and energy conservation depending on project needs
  • Contact: (253) 593-2336 or email 

Qualified low-income residents who are elderly or disabled can receive:

  • Up to $500 per program year for urgent, minor home repairs
  • Qualified low-income residents who are elderly or disabled can receive $501-4,999 for one-time moderate home repair projects
  • Contact: (253) 591-7020 or email

See an Efficient, Sustainable Home in Action

Visit the EnviroHouse at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center.

Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center
3510 S Mullen Street
(253) 573-2426

Air Quality

Since October 1, 2015, is is illegal to own or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone. The new rule requires any wood stove that is not EPA-certified to be removed and recycled or rendered inoperable.

  • Learn about the Smoke Reduction Zone, burn ban rules, and if your wood burning device is eligible for program resources here, or: call (253) 798-4540 or email

Water Conservation

Learn where your water really goes and how to reduce your usage. Using less water means lower bills!

  • Save on water and energy bills by visiting Tacoma Public Utilities at 3628 South 35th Street for a free showerhead, faucet aerators, and LED light bulbs, or contact them by email

Water Quality

You can stop water pollution with little changes to your everyday activities.

 

Or, you can really get involved:

  • Join the Stream Team to protect Salmon habitat and our Sound! Contact Pierce Conservation District at (253) 845-9770 ext. 103 or by email
  • Or, address flooding and stormwater pollution by adding rain gardens to beautify your lawn. Contact Environmental Services by email

Here's a quick tip on water quality: using the "right" soap isn't enough, so when you wash your vehicle, keep the suds off the street. Instead:

  • Wash it on the lawn - the soil will absorb and break down the pollutants your car produces
  • Visit a commercial car wash - this takes care of the runoff from your vehicle. Get a free car wash ticket by calling (253) 208-9046 or email

Trees

Trees help improve air and water quality. They also beautify your home and raise property values. All across Tacoma, we’re working to expand our urban forests, keep trees healthy, and make sure we have the right trees in the right places.

 

Are you looking to plant? 

  • Email Urban Forestry for a free discount coupon for $15 off per tree for up to 5 trees (5-gallon or larger)
  • Email Pierce Conservation District about $15 or $30 trees with free home delivery and planting (3-gallon to 10-gallon sizes)

Gardening and Healthy, Affordable Food

By gardening in your yard or in containers, you can help reduce the impact of fossil fuels and agricultural chemicals on our health and our environment, while saving money at the grocery store.

  • If your soil needs fertilizer, make sure to apply a low-nutrient variety. TAGRO is a great fertilizer, potting soil, or mulch. Email us to get a coupon for a free, half cubic-yard

Grow your own food at a community garden or find an orchard or food forest near you and get healthy, affordable food into your home.

  • Contact Harvest Pierce County at (253) 363-1846 or by email

Waste Reduction

Make sure you use your blue recycling and brown food/yard waste containers to reduce the amount of reusable waste that goes into the landfill. If you don't fill your green garbage container all the way between pick-ups, consider downsizing to save more than $100 this year.

  • Contact Solid Waste Management at (253) 502-2100

See that nothing is truly wasted in Tacoma and how we instead reclaim our resources and put them to use in new ways with our 2-5 minute EnviroShorts videos. Teach your kids, and learn something new too!

 


Neighborhoods

Hilltop 2015-2016

Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods third program year focuses on the Hilltop neighborhood. The Hilltop program will run from September, 2015 to July of 2016. Please contact program coordinator Phillip Brenfleck for more information.

 

Read more about Hilltop 2015-2016

Lincoln 2015-2016

The Lincoln neighborhood program began in conjunction with the city's Lincoln District Revitalization Project, and is part of Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods third program year. Read more about Lincoln 2015-2016

Dometop 2014-2015

In its second year, Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhood focused on the Dometop neighborhood, connecting residents to resources and opportunities for eco-friendly cost-savings and community health.Read more about Dometop 2014-2015

Wapato Lake 2012-2013

The pilot project for the Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods program was completed September 2012-July 2013 in Tacoma's Wapato Lake neighborhood. In addition to canvassing, HHHN hosted a community breakfast, a neighborhood cleanup, a family fun event, and workshops on edible gardening and natural yard care. To read a summary of the project's objectives and results, view the summary report or PowerPoint presentation.  Read more about Wapato Lake 2012-2013

 

Get Involved in the Program and Your Community

Lend a hand and volunteer or attend our events!

 

Hilltop social media: webpage

Hilltop contact: email

 

Lincoln social media: webpage

Lincoln contact: email

Program Staff

Patrick Babbitt

Director, Lincoln Neighborhood

(253) 591-5173

email