Check out the photos from the Spring Convention. It was very well attended. very educational and lots of fun too!!!
On July 31, 2014, the Senate and the House passed H. 4374, An Act relative to local housing authorities(LHA) and sent it to the Governor. On August 6, Governor Patrick signed the bill into law as Chapter 235 of the Acts of 2014. As with any law, our job now becomes to enforce it to make sure that public housing and its residents, current and future, are protected. ... Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants shall be working on various aspects of implementation of the law with our partners in legal services. What follows is an outline of just some of the issues and possible next steps ...
The decentralized nature of ownership and administration of public housing creates challenges for developing a cohesive smoking policy. Public housing takes a variety of forms, including publicly-owned and subsidized apartment buildings (housing approximately 2.1 million tenants) as well as voucher or “Section 8” programs for privately owned properties, through which 4.9 million tenants obtain a HUD subsidy to help cover their rent in private housing.
These programs are administered by separate departments within HUD, each of which sets its own policies. Additionally, states may offer supplemental public housing programs that operate without HUD funding. Thus, regulatory authority over public housing is fragmented, both at the federal level and between HUD and local PHAs. Reflecting such variation, no-smoking policies are presently the rare exception rather than the rule among PHAs. HUD’s July 17, 2009 notice signals an important change in the agency’s historically quite neutral position. The notice stresses the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke exposure, particularly for children and the elderly, as well as the risk of fire-related deaths and injuries.
THIS PROPOSED RULE IS PENDING PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER WILL COMMENCE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS
The new law is quite lengthy as its 4 pages long, and therefore could not be posted here; ... HOWEVER ... we have made it available to you to download as a MS Word document.