In our commitment  to support healthy living choices of our residents and employees, more than a dozen District of Columbia Housing Authority employees and customers were trained to become Free From Smoking certified facilitators.

These individuals, trained and certified by the American Lung Association, learned about the dangers of smoking, including health risks for smokers and non-smokers exposed to cigarette smoke. The trainings were held in preparation for a new rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requiring all public housing communities nationwide to go smoke-free by July 30, 2018. The new rule applies to every household member, all visitors, and all DCHA employees.

During the months of June and July, DCHA property managers have been contacting customers to sign a lease addendum related to this new rule. All heads of household must sign this addendum.

Community navigators will begin hosting information sessions next week for customers to learn more about the new rule. Check with your property manager or community navigator for more details.

In addition, DCHA staff and customers interested in quitting smoking can expect support in learning how to overcome their tobacco addiction and enjoy the benefits of better health outcomes. The Freedom From Smoking facilitators will lead participants in an eight-week,  interactive workshop designed for small groups held at several different properties later this year. 

For a list of resources to help you quit smoking click here.

Last modified: 7/6/2018 6:13:45 PM