Live Smoke Free Wraps Up “Clean Air for All: The Smoke-Free Public Housing Project”

In March 2018 the Live Smoke Free program was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support public housing agencies (PHAs) nationwide, including residents, staff, and resident service providers, with implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule.

With this grant, Live Smoke Free created Clean Air for All: The Smoke-Free Public Housing Project. Clean Air for All was a partnership between Live Smoke Free and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Throughout the grant, Clean Air for All collaborated with various partners including the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH), the Public Health Law Center, and Alison Freeman, national tobacco and secondhand smoke expert formerly of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Clean Air for All provided resources, technical assistance, and a variety of training opportunities to PHAs throughout the grant period. The project assisted PHAs in all 50 states, with a focus on 13 Tobacco Nation states, where smoking rates are high and there are fewer resources to support tobacco prevention.

Clean Air for All also collaborated closely with other Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees including the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the National Housing Law Project, and the North American Quitline Consortium.

Project Highlights

Conferences (Presentations and Exhibits)

Clean Air for All participated in numerous national and regional conferences as presenters and exhibitors, engaging with more than 920 PHA staff, residents, resident service providers, and other stakeholders.

  • Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation Spring Leadership Conference: May 22, 2018
  • Southeast Regional NAHRO Conference in Norfolk, VA: June 25, 2018
  • Southwest Regional NAHRO Conference in Little Rock, AR: June 26, 2018
  • Birmingham District Housing Authority Women’s Empowerment Conference in Birmingham, AL: July 11, 2018
  • NAR-SAAH National Conference in Charlotte NC: September 19-22, 2018
  • NAHRO National Conference in Atlanta, GA: October 25-27, 2018
  • Southwest Regional NAHRO Conference in Kansas City: June 10-11, 2019
  • Southeast Regional NAHRO Conference in Orlando: June 24-25, 2019
  • NAHRO National Conference in San Antonio, TX: October 10-11, 2019
  • NAHRO National Conference (Virtual): November 17-18, 2021


Clean Air for All hosted nine national webinars for PHA staff, residents, and resident service providers. A total of 1,145 attendees participated.

  • Successful Resident Engagement Before and After Smoke-Free Policy Implementation: Tips and Lessons Learned Webinar: August 7, 2018
  • Boosting Compliance and Improving Enforcement in Smoke-Free Housing: February 21,2019
  • Lessons Learned from Implementing Smoke-Free Public Housing:  April 10, 2019
  • Smoke-Free Compliance & Enforcement: New Tools with Practical Applications:  June 4, 2019
  • 1st Anniversary of HUD’s SF Housing Rule: Successes, Challenges, and Next Steps:  July 23, 2019
  • Smoke-Free Public Housing: Looking Back, Looking Forward:  February 27, 2020
  • How COVID19 Sheds New Light on Lung Health and Smoke-Free Public Housing: August 12, 2020
  • Working Together: Resident Engagement During and After the Pandemic: January 27, 2021
  • Equitable and Effective Enforcement of Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies: March 9, 2021

Connect Calls

From 2018-2019 Clean Air for All hosted 22 Connect Calls or discussions with PHA staff, residents and resident service providers on a variety of smoke-free housing topics. These calls reached 719 total participants.

New and Updated Resources

Resident Commissioner and Resident Leader Trainings

In September 2020, Clean Air for All hosted a series of three trainings for Resident Commissioners and resident leaders with more than 100 registrants. Sessions included:

  • “The Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule and Resident Commissioners”
  • “Rethinking Your PHA Smoke-Free Policy”
  • “Promoting Compliance and Housing Stability With Your Smoke-Free Policy”

And More!

See more of our work, including archived trainings, newsletters, tools, and resources, on the Clean Air for All website.

Thank You!

Live Smoke Free would like to thank all of our Clean Air for All partners including the many people we met at conferences, the guest speakers who shared their experience and knowledge on our Connect Calls and webinars, the resident service providers and resident leaders who championed smoke-free housing in their communities, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for supporting this important work.