You will have to find another place to light up if you live in public housing. Right now, smokers need to be out on the public sidewalk.
"You have the second-hand smoke dangers, but also the time and the cost of turning around a unit where a family has been smoking", says D.J. Haynes, the Parkersburg Housing Authority's Executive Director.
According to HUD, housing authorities will save up to $38 million a year in reduced maintenance and reduce the fire risk by $38 million.
The same source said tenants have been brought into housing offices to sign an addendum on their leases, stipulating they will follow HUD's latest policy.
Resident Jessie Penrose is unhappy with the decision.
Mayeaux says the majority of the community is on board.
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"I'm doing my best to quit, but I don't want to lose my house", a tenant said.
"We explained the process to them and we have given them the opportunity to weigh in on it", he said, adding it was in their annual plan.
There's a four strike system for violating the rule, which ends with an eviction. "Then, there would probably be an issue if they get caught smoking cigarettes - then there's the fine, paying money, or being put out.but, to each his own".
On Monday, Milwaukee city officials joined leaders of the American Lung Association to commemorate the new rule.
"HUD believes that allowing a PHA (public housing agency) to enforce its smoke free policy through lease enforcement actions is the best way to ensure compliance with such policies", the rules read.
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