On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing in the Federal Register that now asks public housing agencies (PHAs) to provide a smoke-free environment for residents. This new rule will ensure that PHAs establish and implement policies within the next 18 months that prevent people from using tobacco products inside public housing units and 25 feet outside of PHA rental units and administrative office buildings. This rule does not apply to a mixed-finance project.
According to HUD, this policy is not intended to remove anyone from public housing nor hinder the goals of ending homelessness, but it is designed to help provide “safe, decent and sanitary housing for all populations.” PHAs have the discretion to create designated smoking areas outside of the 25 feet perimeter for their residents.
Click here to read the rule.