Public Housing Policies

On November 30, 2016, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. The rule goes into effect on February 3, 2017. Public housing developments will have 18 months to implement their smoke-free policies.

The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time is dangerous. Children, the elderly and disabled, low-income, and other disadvantaged individuals and families are the most likely to suffer from breathing secondhand smoke. Research has demonstrated that smoke does not stay contained within individual apartments and as a result can harm residents in non-smoking apartments. Smoke-free housing benefits landlords and managers as well because it reduces fires caused by smoking, and saves on property maintenance and unit rehab costs.

If your Public Housing Authority would like assistance implementing a smoke-free multifamily unit campus policy, refer to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Change is in the Air, An Action Guide for Establishing Smoke-Free Public Housing and Multifamily Properties. HUD has also developed an easy to follow toolkit for resident organizations.

Contact us for free local technical assistance.

Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities

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Abbeville
Albertville
Alex City
Aliceville
Altoona
Andalusia
Anniston
Arab
Ashford
Ashland
Athens
Atmore
Attalla
Auburn (Smoke-free, effective September, 2012)

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Bay Minette
Bear Creek
Berry
Bessemer
Birmingham
Blountsville
Boaz
Boston
Brantley
Brent (Smoke-free, effective January, 2017)
Brewton
Bridgeport
Brundidge

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Calera
Carbon Hill (Smoke-free, effective Jan, 2018)
Carrollton
Centre
Chickasaw (Smoke-free, effective June, 2009)
Childersburg
Clanton
Clayton
Collinsville
Columbia
Cordova
Cottonwood
Crossville
Cullman

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Dadeville
Daleville
Decatur
Demopolis
Dothan

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Elba
Enterprise
Eufaula
Eutaw
Evergreen

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Fairfield (Smoke-free, effective April 2017)
Fayette
Flomaton
Florala
Florence
Foley
Fort Deposit
Fort Payne

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Gadsden
Georgiana (Smoke-free, effective September, 2016)
Goodwater
Gordo
Greene County
Greensboro (Smoke-free, effective June, 2015)
Greenville
Guin
Guntersville

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Hackleburg
Haleyville (Smoke-free, effective Aug, 2017)
Hamilton (Smoke-free, effective January, 2016)
Hanceville
Hartford
Hartselle Smoke-free, effective August, 2013) 
Headland
Heflin
Hobson City
Huntsville

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Jacksonville
Jasper
Jefferson County

Kennedy

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Lafayette (Smoke-free, effective September, 2012)
Lanett
Leeds (Smoke-free, effective December, 2016)
Linden
Lineville
Livingston
Luverne

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Marion (Smoke-free, effective June, 2015)
Midland City
Millport
Mobile
Mobile County
Monroeville
Montevallo
Montgomery (Smoke-free, effective September, 2016)
Moulton

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New Brockton
Newton
Northport

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Oneonta
Opelika
Opp
Ozark

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Parrish
Pell City
Phenix City
Phil Campbell
Piedmont
Prattville
Prichard

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Ragland
Rainsville
Red Bay
Reform
Regional LCM
Roanoke (Smoke-free, effective June, 2016)
Russellville

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Samson
Scottsboro
Selma
Sheffield
Slocomb
South Central Regional
Stevenson
Sulligent
Sumiton
Sylacauga

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Talladega
Tallassee
Tarrant
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Triana
Troy
Tuscaloosa (Smoke-free, effective July, 2017)
Tuscumbia
Tuskegee

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Union Springs
Uniontown

Valley
Valley Head
Vernon (Smoke-free, effective July, 2016)
Vincent

Walker County
Washington County
Winfield

York

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Page last updated: September 18, 2017