On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) smokefree public housing rule went into effect. The rule requires Public Housing Agencies/Authorities (PHA) to adopt and implement a smokefree policy for all of their public housing properties by August 2018.
PHAs and building managers are in good company and there are many helpful resources and recommendations to support the process of implementing a smokefree policy.
More than 600 PHAs in at least 44 states have already implemented smokefree policies for public housing. HUD's rule is not a brand new idea, but rather it is a continuation of an existing policy trend to expand the availability of smokefree housing for residents living in all types of multi-unit properties.
HUD's rule will reduce secondhand smoke exposure and create a healthier and safer living environment for residents by requiring all indoor areas of public housing to be smokefree, as well as within 25 feet of doors and on attached balconies and patios. The decision will help ensure that the 2 million people living in public housing have the ability to breathe smokefree air at home.
Below are a variety of resources to support PHAs and building managers with the process of implementing a smokefree policy, as well as information for health departments and other health groups that are working to assist PHAs with their policy efforts.
For Public Housing Agencies:
Public Housing Smokefree Policy Language
Model Smokefree Lease Addendum
HUD Public Housing Smoke-Free Fact Sheets
Change Is In the Air: HUD's Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties"
Memo: Guidance on Instituting and Enforcing Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies
Secondhand Smoke in Housing Infographic
Thirdhand Smoke in Apartments and Condos
The Benefits of Smokefree Buildings: Why a Smokefree Policy is a Good Decision for Multiunit Housing Providers
Frequently Asked Questions from Housing Providers about Smokefree Buildings
For Health Departments and Health Groups:
Implementation of HUD's Smokefree Public Housing Rule
Getting Started on Smokefree Multi-Family Housing
Suggested Resources to Develop for Your Smokefree Housing Project
Change Is In the Air: HUD's Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties