Public Housing

quote on how it is easier to breathe with smokefree housing

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) smokefree public housing rule went into effect. The rule requires Public Housing Agencies/Authorities (PHA) to adopt and implement a smokefree policy for all of their public housing properties by August 2018.

PHAs and building managers are in good company and there are many helpful resources and recommendations to support the process of implementing a smokefree policy.

More than 600 PHAs in at least 44 states have already implemented smokefree policies for public housing. HUD's rule is not a brand new idea, but rather it is a continuation of an existing policy trend to expand the availability of smokefree housing for residents living in all types of multi-unit properties.

HUD's rule will reduce secondhand smoke exposure and create a healthier and safer living environment for residents by requiring all indoor areas of public housing to be smokefree, as well as within 25 feet of doors and on attached balconies and patios. The decision will help ensure that the 2 million people living in public housing have the ability to breathe smokefree air at home.

Below are a variety of resources to support PHAs and building managers with the process of implementing a smokefree policy, as well as information for health departments and other health groups that are working to assist PHAs with their policy efforts.


For Public Housing Agencies:

HUD Guidebook: Implementing HUD's Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing (2017)

Steps to Go Smokefree: Recommendations for Public Housing Agencies

Model Public Housing Smokefree Policy Language

Model Smokefree Lease Addendum

HUD Public Housing Smoke-Free Fact Sheets

Change Is In the Air: HUD's Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties"

HUD Memo: Guidance on Instituting and Enforcing Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies

Secondhand Smoke in Housing Infographic

Thirdhand Smoke in Apartments and Condos

The Benefits of Smokefree Buildings: Why a Smokefree Policy is a Good Decision for Multiunit Housing Providers

Frequently Asked Questions from Housing Providers about Smokefree Buildings

Tips for Housing Providers: Talking with Residents about Your Building's Smokefree Policy

Enforcement Tips for Building Managers and Maintenance Staff

CDC Infographic: Going Smokefree Matters in Your Home

Smokefree Public Housing (Minnesota)

Smoke-free Affordable Housing Made Easy (Washington State)

HUD's Rule to Restrict Smoking in Public Housing: An Overview (Public Health Law Center)

Smoke-Free Public Housing: Reasonable Accommodations (Public Health Law Center)


For Health Departments and Health Groups:

Supporting Implementation of HUD's Smokefree Public Housing Rule

Getting Started on Smokefree Multi-Family Housing

Suggested Resources to Develop for Your Smokefree Housing Project

Change Is In the Air: HUD's Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties