Below you will find resources relating to the issue of Housing.
Foster children face a disproportionate number of health-related challenges due to backgrounds that can include physical and emotional abuse, neglect, malnutrition, and in-utero alcohol or drug exposure. Approximately 80 percent of all foster children have at least one chronic medical condition.
As the smoke-free housing movement matures, new issues and topics are emerging. This webinar will feature an overview of recent updates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. The webinar presenters will also address current topics including smoke-free policies in housing for special populations, medical marijuana, and ordinances requiring disclosure of smoking policies.
Supporting smoke-free policies for multi-unit public housing is a critical way to reduce health disparities among some of our most vulnerable citizens. This webinar provided information on the public housing market and acquainted attendees with the terminology that is common in the affordable housing sector. The presenters discussed recommendations on how to work with public housing authorities and also reviewed legal topics that should be considered when discussing smoke-free policies with public housing authorities.
The number of states that have adopted statutes permitting the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances continues to grow. Accompanying this growth is an increase in questions about how these laws affect smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties. This webinar reviewed the interplay between medical marijuana laws and policies addressing secondhand smoke. The discussion covered both private, market-rate properties and federally subsidized public housing and Section 8 properties.
The adoption of smoke-free policies for multi-unit residential properties has been increasing exponentially over the last several years. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a strong supporter of these policies because eliminating smoking in individual units protects residents by improving the indoor air quality and lowering the risk of fire. From this webinar, attendees will learn about the legal considerations involved when adopting and implementing smoke-free policies for subsidized housing. A representative from HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard reviews recent HUD announcements and initiatives regarding smoke-free policies and the Director of Operations and Property Management from the Boston Housing Authority discusses that authority’s decision to implement smoke-free policies.