Smoke Free Housing
Portland Housing Authority - Smoke-Free Housing InitiativeThe information presented on this page is an excerpt from a Portland Housing Authority press release, dated November 1, 2010.
On October 7, 2010, the Portland Housing Authority (PHA) Board of Commissioners approved a plan to make all its properties smoke-free as of July 1, 2011. The PHA owns and manages almost 1,000 public housing apartments in Portland. It is the largest landlord in the City.
Board SupportPHA Executive Director, Mark Adelson, explains, "The Board's support for this initiative is a proactive measure to improve the health of our residents around the problem of second hand smoke. Our residents, particularly those who are senior citizens, have disabilities, as well as the children in our family developments, are impacted the most by this problem. The Board felt strongly that this is an important public health issue that needs to be addressed. Approximately 70 percent of PHA residents and applicants for public housing are non-smokers. Their interests and health deserve this consideration. This does not mean our tenants can't smoke, they just won't be able to smoke inside our buildings."
Furthermore, PHA is looking forward to saving on the cost of repairs and maintenance from the damage caused by secondhand smoke and cigarettes including burned flooring and counter tops, and nicotine stained wall surfaces.