Dakota County Receives 2020 NACo Achievement Award for Smoke-Free Housing Hats off to our partners at the Dakota County Public Health Department (DCPH) and the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) for receiving a 2020 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for their smoke-free housing efforts! Big thanks to HealthPartners for their partnership […]

Assessing the Use of the Term ‘Grandfathering’ in Smoke-Free Housing There are many words and phrases in the English language that we use regularly without awareness of their roots. At first glance, a word or phrase may seem harmless, however, a second look sometimes unveils a racist, damaging, or offensive history. In the realm of […]

Photo: The eastern wall of the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Photo by Jaime Martinez. Smoke-Free Tribal Housing Policies Our friends at the Public Health Law Center recently released an excellent resource intended as a guide for Tribal communities working on policies to restrict the smoking of commercial tobacco products in Tribal housing. The guide includes […]

Minneapolis and St. Paul Update Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs     The Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) program incentivizes housing developers throughout Minnesota to develop housing projects that include a smoke-free policy. The LIHTC program is a federal financing program for qualified residential rental properties. The LIHTC program offers investors a reduction in tax […]

Smoke-Free Housing Recommendations During COVID-19 In Minnesota and many other states across the country, governors have asked residents to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With so many residents staying home throughout the day, it is important for property owners, managers, and renters to do their part to promote healthy indoor environments. COVID-19 […]

Quit Partner: Minnesota’s New Smoking Cessation Service Research shows that smoke-free policies help smokers quit. That’s why, for many years, Live Smoke Free promoted QUITPLAN® Services, as an essential piece of every smoke-free housing policy. Funding for QUITPLAN® Services has reached its predetermined end and the program is no longer accepting new enrollees although participants […]

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Join Live Smoke Free, the Dakota County Public Health Department, and special guests for a free lunch and learn workshop: “Hot Topics in Smoke-Free Housing” Thursday, March 12, 12-1:30pm Dakota County CDA, Boardroom 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, MN 55123 *Lunch from Panera Bread is on us! RSVP to Jackie at 651-646-3005 ext. 325 or […]

Cover of A Guide to Equitable Smoke-Free Public Housing

Our friends at the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) just released A Guide to Equitable Smoke-Free Public Housing. This guide is a resource for Public Housing Authorities, tenants, and advocates who are seeking to find the proper balance between two important public health issues– promoting smoke-free environments and ensuring access to affordable, stable housing. While […]

Fire investigators move through the remains of the burned-out home in Maple Grove.

Minnesota Fire Headlines Renew Calls to Take it Outside The first month of 2020 came with fire headlines that remind Minnesota renters, property owners, and property managers, why smoke-free housing is vital to fire prevention. On January 6, 2020, WCCO reported, “The Number of Fire Deaths In Minnesota Increased By 14% Last Year.” The article […]

Three Tips for Winter Weather Compliance Winter is here and that means many Minnesota renters who smoke will be braving the elements to comply with their building’s smoke-free housing policy. Here are some ways property owners and managers can make wintertime compliance easier for residents. 1. Make sure that designated smoking areas are consistently and […]