Smoke-Free Guidebook Available from NHLP, Webinar on February 5

A Guide to Equitable Smoke-Free Public Housing is available from the National Housing Law Project (NHLP). In addition, NHLP will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss best practices for achieving a smoke-free housing environment while also ensuring equitable access to housing. Although the Guide and webinar are focused on public housing, the principles of equitable implementation and enforcement of a smoke-free environment can be applied to all types of rental housing. Residents, advocates, and staff of public housing agencies (PHAs) will find this resource helpful.

The webinar featuring Kara Shahen, program director of Live Smoke-Free, will discuss the importance of partnerships in creating, implementing, and enforcing smoke-free policies. Bridgett Simmons, NHLP staff attorney, will discuss HUD’s smoke-free rule.

HUD’s rule requiring smoke-free public housing was implemented on February 3, 2017, but PHAs had until July 30, 2018 to have smoke-free policies in place. HUD’s Multifamily Housing Programs do not have a similar requirement.

Register for the webinar at:

A Guide to Equitable Smoke-Free Public Housing is available at:

Live Smoke-Free’s website is at:

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Smoke-Free website is at:

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Housing also has smoke-free resources at:

PIH issued Notice PIH 2017-03 on February 15, 2017 providing guidance on instituting and enforcing the smoke-free rule.