WASHINGTON – As of Aug. 3, all public housing units under the auspices of Housing and Urban Development must be smoke free in all public housing units, common areas and within 25 feet of the building.
HUD is officially mandating that public housing authorities become smoke free. Banned will be the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water pipes.
HUD contends it is not stopping residents from smoking, but the policy will be that no one can smoke in, or within 25 feet of, public housing units.
Public housing authorities must, prior to Aug. 3, create a smoke free policy that is board approved, upgrade the PHA plan, hold public meetings if the new rule is a major amendment to the plan, create a lease amendment detailing the policy and provide a 60-day notice of the lease to each resident.