HUD recently released Change is in the Air, an action guide for voluntarily establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and HUD-assisted multifamily housing. Encouraging smoke-free housing is part of a nationwide Healthy Homes effort involving coordination among federal agencies to address housing-related health hazards.
HUD issued a Federal Register notice on October 4, 2012 asking for public comment regarding how HUD could continue to support implementation of smoke-free policies (see Memo, 10/5/12). A summary of comments are included in an appendix to the guide. HUD has strongly encouraged public housing agencies and multifamily owners to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies at some or all of their properties.
In the action guide, nine public housing or multifamily staff provide brief descriptions of their experiences establishing and carrying out smoke-free policies. Four of the nine indicate that residents either were in favor of smoke-free policies or had no problem with it. Five discuss enforcement efforts.
The guide recommends steps to take when considering adopting, implementing, and enforcing a smoke-free policy. Resident-oriented steps suggested include surveying residents, providing a draft smoke-free policy for resident comment, and focusing on vulnerable residents, such as those who are elderly or who have disabilities.
Change is in the Air is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=SMOKEFREEACTIONGUIDE.PDF
An October 17 Memorandum from Benjamin Metcalf, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs announcing the guide is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=Smoke_Free_Memo.pdf