Clean Air for All: The Smoke-Free Public Housing Project is a collaboration of Live Smoke Free (LSF) a program of the Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the National Association of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH).
About Live Smoke Free (LSF), a program of the Association for Nonsmokers- MN:
The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR) brings over 40 years of tobacco control experience and was the first organization in the nation to devote substantial resources to increasing the availability of smoke-free housing (SFH). ANSR literally wrote the book on SFH efforts by initiating landmark research in the 1990s, participating in and leading national discussions on policy and implementation strategy, creating educational and promotional materials, developing two heavily-utilized websites, and assisting hundreds of PHAs and private managers in implementing SFH policies at thousands of buildings. ANSR’s Live Smoke Free (LSF) smoke-free housing program is nationally recognized as a leading expert on SFH and has a strong, recognizable presence in the housing industry. ANSR’s LSF has provided technical assistance to property managers at both the state and national levels since 2007.
About the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO):
NAHRO is a national 501(c)(3) professional membership organization comprising approximately 23,000 housing and community development agencies and officials throughout the United States who administer a variety of affordable housing and community development programs at the local level. NAHRO ensures that housing and community development professionals have the leadership skills and education to serve communities; advocate for appropriate laws and policies; and foster the highest standards of professional ethical conduct. NAHRO brings over 75 years of representing housing and community development organizations and connecting them through a network of eight regional councils, more than 60 chapters, and multiple on-line platforms providing access to a local network of industry professionals, opportunities for leadership development, training, conferences, and focus for the special and local interests of the members.
About the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH):
NAR-SAAH provides technical assistance to employees of resident services and members of resident councils by helping shape national housing policy, expand partnerships with community agencies, leverage funds to support resident programs, and speak on matters impacted by changing economic conditions and shifting political priorities. NAR-SAAH seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families living in public and assisted housing communities by promoting programs that are comprehensive, culturally competent and responsive to assessed needs. Overseeing the programs and activities of NAR-SAAH is a Board of Directors comprised of distinguished leaders from the public, corporate and non-profit sectors. Public housing residents serve as members. NAR-SAAH represents approximately 80 PHAs and 700 resident leaders nationwide, with extensive partner organizations with direct experience in engaging residents and resident service providers in smoke-free policy implementation.
Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center
The Public Health Law Center (PHLC) is one of America’s preeminent health policy centers. As home to the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, the legal network for tobacco control, it has drafted or analyzed hundreds of tobacco control policies nationwide- providing strategic guidance, creating resources and conducting hands-on coaching. The Center’s team has helped solve stakeholders’ legal and policy problems nationwide since 2000 and has deep experience assisting national entities with smoke-free housing issues.
Alison Freeman, formerly of the EPA, national expert in tobacco and secondhand smoke
Alison Freeman is a national expert in tobacco control and secondhand smoke. She led the smoke-free housing program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 20 years and represented EPA on the Federal Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, chaired by the Surgeon General. She launched initiatives in disparately impacted communities, and worked with partners in tobacco control, public health, health care provider, and housing organizations. Ms. Freeman organized and led the Interagency Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Workgroup over the last four years, comprised of four federal agencies that coordinate federal government efforts to develop and successfully implement the current HUD rule on smoke-free public housing.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.