Comprehensive Tobacco Free Mulitunit Housig policies save money, protect the health of tenants and employees, and reducte the risk of smoke related fires.
HUD Final Ruling
On November 30, 2016, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents.
Health Impact of HUD ruling:
Help improve the health of more than 2 million public housing residents, including 760,000 children.
• Save an estimated $153 million every year in costs from secondhand smoke attributable healthcare, repairs of smoke-permitted units and smoking attributable fires.
• Impact the more than 940,000 units that are currently not smoke-free, including more than 500,000 units inhabited by elderly individuals.
The final rule:
• Requires public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies within 18 months of the final rule being adopted.
• Prohibit the use of tobacco products in outdoor areas within 25 ft. from buildings.
• Allow for further restrictions (e.g., buffer around playgrounds, restrict smoking to designated outdoor areas, property-wide smoke-free policy).
• Apply to all housing types, including single family units.
• Require PHAs to document their smoke-free policies in their PHA plans, a process that requires resident engagement and public meetings.
Resources for Property Owners and Public Housing Authorities
There are105 rentals registered on the Panhandle Tobacco Free Rentals List.