Tobacco Free Southwest PA is funded by a grant from the PA Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Our programs are dedicated to preventing and reducing tobacco use and increasing education about tobacco hazards and secondhand smoke. We serve Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

CIAA: Multi-Unit Housing

By JULY 30, 2018 all public housing agencies will be REQUIRED to be smoke-free under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rule. This rule requires each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. Specifically, each PHA must implement a “smoke-free” policy banning the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings. The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. This rule improves indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs.

Please take special note to the following:

“PHAs are required to document their smoke-free policies in their PHA plans, a process that requires resident engagement and public meetings.”

Tobacco Free Southwest can assist you with your policy writing, policy strengthening, resident engagement, and cessation classes for your residents– at no cost to you or your residents.

For more information and to get your policy started, contact Katie Hartman (khartman@adagiohealth.org or 724-944-2433)