We are notifying you about a change in the smoking policy at all of our Public Housing communities.

As of June 1, 2018, smoking will be prohibited in common areas, apartment units, and within the footprint of our community, including porches and balconies for all family communities. The High Rise buildings will have one designated smoking location in an outside location. This new policy applies to all residents, guests, employees and contractors.

HUD published a final rule for each Public Housing Agency administering low-income, conventional public housing to initiate a smoke-free policy. The effective date of the Rule is February 3, 2017, and it provides an 18-month implementation period.

We are implementing this policy to protect the health and safety of all our residents. Secondhand smoke can travel from one unit to another through doorways, windows, plumbing fixtures, and ventilation systems. Secondhand smoke has the potential to harm all residents, and some residents have health conditions that make them especially vulnerable to its negative effects. Smoking is also the #1 cause of apartment fire deaths and this policy will reduce the risk of fires.