Through tenant surveys in 2009 to 2011 the Rockford Housing Authority discovered 55.17- nearly 84% of RHA residents smoked, results varied by site. It became apparent for health, safety and operational cost reasons we needed to lead the change to a smoke free environment. Effective May 31, 2014 RHA instituted the smoke free policy at all properties. Entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Winnebago County Health Department to help lead the cause and provide smoking cessation classes for our residents.
“RHA works every day to make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. Going smoke free was another area that helped us help our client improve their health and the health of their families!” stated Ron Clewer RHA, CEO. “We were ahead of the curve in this policy.”
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced Nov. 30, 2016 that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents.
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