WHITE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY SMOKE-FREE POLICY
Effective May 1, 2018, smoking of tobacco use will be prohibited in or around all property owned and operated by The White County Housing Authority. The Smoke-Free Policy is intended to improve the quality of air and the safety of residents, guests, and employees.
Implementation of a Smoke-Free Policy is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and must be implemented by July 30, 2018. There are NO exceptions to this policy.
1.No person may use, smoke, hold or carry lighted tobacco in any form, including cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, in or around all White County Housing Authority (WCHA) Public Housing owned properties; all interior common areas including but not limited to community rooms, community bathrooms, lobbies, offices, reception areas, hallways, laundry rooms, stairways. Smoke or tobacco use will also be prohibited within all living units. 2.Residents and employees who smell tobacco smoke from inside WCHA owned property are to report this to the Main Office as soon as possible. WCHA Management staff will try to identify the source of the smoke and take appropriate action. 3.Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) will be allowed in or around all property owned and operated by The White County Housing Authority. Research to date on ENDS is still developing and lacks clear consensus, in contrast with research on the effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products. If evidence in the future arises that banning ENDS will, for example, result in significant maintenance savings, HUD will reconsider including them in items that are prohibited in public housing. 4.Current residents will receive a copy of this Smoke-Free Policy and are required to sign at re-certification for May 1, 2018 lease. New residents who sign new leases effective on or after May 1, 2018 will be given copies of the Smoke-Free Policy and their lease will reflect this policy.
WCHA staff is responsible for fully implementing and enforcing this Smoke-Free Policy, which includes taking steps to insure 100% of the new and current residents are aware of and abide by the Smoke-Free Policy. Failure to abide by this Smoke-Free Policy is considered a lease violation with the following consequences:
1st Violation - Housing Manager will visit the resident and document any evidence (sight or smell) witnessed in the unit; resident will receive a verbal warning; subsequent unit inspections will be scheduled to monitor future compliance with this policy.
2nd Violation – Housing Manager will visit the resident and document any evidence (sight or smell) witnessed in the unit; resident will receive a final lease violation letter advising FINAL NOTICE PRIOR TO TERMINATION; subsequent unit inspections will be scheduled to monitor future compliance with this policy.
3rd Violation – Termination of lease.
Residents will be solely responsible for the cost to clean items which have been discolored and replacement of items damaged as a result of violation this policy including, but not limited to flooring, window treatment, walls, surfaces, light covering, etc. Charges may be assessed during tenancy or at resident move-out.
Current and new tenants will be given (2) copies of the WCHA’s Smoke-Free Policy. After review, tenant (head of household) will initial page 1 and sign and date page 2. Return the fully executed (signed and dated) policy to WCHA Administration and keep the other copy for your records. The WCHA’s copy will be placed and maintained in your resident file.
I have read and understand the above Smoke-Free Policy and I agree to comply fully with the provisions. I understand that failure on my part, other members of the household, and my guests to comply with this Smoke-Free Policy could result in a 30 day eviction notice as outlined above.
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