Draft Significant Amendment to FY2017 Annual Plan/ Smoke-Free Policy

POSTED Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Tuscaloosa Housing Authority (THA) is proposing a Significant Amendment to its previously approved FY2017 Annual Plan.  Specifically, THA is proposing to implement a new Smoke-Free Policy.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has implemented a Rule that requires each Public Housing Authority administering public housing to implement a Smoke-Free Policy prohibiting lit tobacco products and all smoking in any interior common areas, including but not limited to community rooms, community bathrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways, laundry rooms, electrical rooms and closets, storage units or rooms, stairways, offices, elevators and within all living units in public housing, and Public Housing Authority administration office buildings and vehicles (in brief, a Smoke-Free Policy for all public housing indoor areas). VIEW HUD SMOKE-FREE FLYER HERE.  The Housing Authority is also prohibiting electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and is including it in this policy’s definition of Smoking. This policy extends to all outdoor areas up to twenty five (25) feet from housing (doors/entrances, windows and porches) and administrative office buildings, playgrounds and maintenance facilities.

HUD is requiring implementation of smoke-free public housing to improve indoor air quality in housing, benefit the health of public housing tenants and public housing staff, reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, and lower overall maintenance costs. This policy applies to all tenants, tenant’s families, tenant’s guests, visitors, contractors, service personnel, and employees.

THA intends to implement its new Smoke-Free Policy once HUD approval is received.  The proposed Smoke-Free Policy can be accessed HERE, and is available for review at all THA offices.

THA’s proposed Significant Amendment to the Plan is available for Public Review and Comment for a minimum of 45-Days beginning on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  The proposed Significant Amendment to the FY2017 Annual Plan can be accessed HERE, and is available for review at all THA offices.  Please submit all comments regarding the proposed Significant Amendment in writing to Titanna Steele at tsteele@tuscaloosahousing.org, or via mail or hand delivery to:

Tuscaloosa Housing Authority Main Office
ATTN: Titanna Steele

2117 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 2
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

The THA Board of Commissioners will convene for a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Amendment during the June Board Meeting to be held on June 1, 2017 @ 12:00PM CST.  The meeting will take place at the above address in the Board Room of the THA main offices.  All are welcome to attend.

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Draft Significant Amendment to FY2017 Annual Plan/ Smoke-Free Policy