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Leaving No Tenant Behind: Creating Smoke-Free Public Housing


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Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, October 30, 2012 …

Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, October 30, 2012

"Leave No Tenant Behind: Creating Smoke-Free Public Housing" addresses the case for smoke-free housing, how to connect with Public Housing Authorities and steps for going smoke-free.

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  • 1. Leaving No Tenant Exposed: Creating Smoke-Free Public HousingAPHA Annual Meeting - October 30, 2012
  • 2. Presenter Disclosures Sarah A. Mayberry Tina Pettingill, MPH(1) The following personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation existed during the past 12 months: No relationships to disclose
  • 3. Learning Objectives Explain the case for smoke-free multi-unit housing. List three facts for adopting smoke-free policies that will influence Public Housing Authorities to take action. Identify strategies to advance voluntary smoke-free Public Housing Authority policies.
  • 4. Outline Who We Are Why Create Smoke-Free Public Housing Authorities Growing Support for Smoke-Free PHAs The Changing Landscape of SF PHAs  Across the Nation  Maine Steps for SFH Change Conclusions
  • 5. Who We Are Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine Maine Tobacco- Breathe Easy Coalition Free Hospital of Maine Network Maine Tobacco- Free College NetworkFunded by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, Maine CDC/DHHS.
  • 6. Who We Are Our mission is to protect Maine residents in multi- unit buildings from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke. Provide technical assistance, resources and tools to landlords, tenants, property management companies, public health professionals and others in designing and advocating for the implementation of voluntary smoke-free housing policies.
  • 7. What We Know about MUH and SHS There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) says that “the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity.” Smoking-related fires are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States.US Surgeon General, 2010; ASHRAE, 2008; USFA, 2010
  • 8. Why Should Property Owners/Managers Adopt 100% Smoke-Free Policies?• Turnover Savings• Fire Danger• Property Damage• Insurance Savings• Happier & Healthier Tenants• Liability
  • 9. Smoke-Free Policies Save Money Studies have shown that unit turnover costs are 5-10 times more expensive when smoking was allowed in the unit. Some insurance companies will award discounts on comprehensive fire casualty plans for being 100% smoke-free.
  • 10. Growing Support for SFH
  • 11. Growing Support for SFH: HUD
  • 12. Who is Going Smoke-Free?• Public and Tribal Housing Authorities• Private Developments (both subsidized and market-rate)• “Mom and Pop” landlords• Condominium Associations• Group Homes and Transitional Housing Developments• Behavioral Health Facilities• Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities
  • 13. Smoke-Free Housing: An Evolving Norm Hundreds of thousands of units of market-rate and subsidized housing are smoke-free all across the U.S.  Includes large, multi-state companies, moderate sized companies, small companies, and single-family home rentals Public Housing Authorities Are Going Smoke-Free  2000: 3 PHAs nationally  2005: 32 PHAs nationally  Today: 300+ PHAs smoke-free nationally in 27+ states
  • 14. SF Public Housing in Maine120% Percentage of Public Housing Authorities in Maine with 100% Smoke-Free Policies 100%100% 95% 90% 90%80% 70%60% 55%40% 35%20% 10% 5% 0% 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Compiled by the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine
  • 15. Why the Focus on Public Housing? What is Public Housing?  Publically-owned safe, quality, affordable housing for eligible low- income people, such as families, elderly, disabled and handicapped. Who Lives in Public Housing?  Residents are often low-income, people of color, recent immigrants, chemically dependent, and/or mentally ill. 90% of our time inside with almost 50% in the home- home is most common source of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • 16. Why the Focus on Public Housing? The percentage of non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke continues to decrease BUT low- income persons are exposed at much higher rates: 1999-2000 2007-08 Below poverty level: 71.6% 60.5% At/above poverty level: 48.8% 36.9% (CDC MMWR, September 2010) Low-income housing tenants in ME prefer smoke- free housing at a higher-rate than market rate.
  • 17. Tips for Connecting with PHAs Find your state, local and regional PHAs: ng/pha/contacts Connect with State Housing Authority – attend partner meetings, exhibit & present at conferences. Create smoke-free housing through new construction/rehab by getting your State Housing Authority to include smoke-free housing in their low-income housing tax credit programs. Build Allies in the subsidized housing industry – turn those who are already smoke-free into your champions. Direct mail and earned media can be useful tools in gaining acceptance for SFH in your community.
  • 18. SFH Policy Implementation Steps1. Make a plan. Start by creating a plan to make the entire residence smoke-free. Gather support/survey tenants. Do not grandfather tenants.2. Hold a Meeting. Explain benefits that a smoke-free building will bring them(safety and health). Gather with tenants to discuss the change. There may beresistance, but remember, non-smoking tenants have rights under their leases,too.3. Inform Tenants. Review the legal information concerning your rights andyour tenants rights- be clear with them about the timeline & policy. Properlyprepare everyone – keep it positive.4. Amend New Leases. Change the language of your lease to include your newsmoke-free policy. When new tenants sign on, your policy will be crystal clear.5. Promote Your Status. Begin advertising your smoke-free status to gain newtenants who appreciate a clean air environment.
  • 19. For More InformationSmoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine    (207)874-8774  Like us on Facebook:  View past presentations: