Free Program Helps Supportive Housing Residences Go Smoke-Free

Categories: New York City


Applications are due no later than March 17

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has partnered with the Network and the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City to offer a free program to help supportive housing residences go smoke-free.

Supportive Housing Goes Smoke-Free will offer technical assistance for supportive housing providers interested in going smoke-free at one or more of their residences. The Network joined DOHMH and other partners last year to award residences that went through a similar program.

In this latest round, training and technical assistance topics will include two major subjects: 1) Effective smoke-free policies, gaining staff buy-in, resident education, compliance and adherence and 2) One-on-one technical assistance and on-site meetings with staff and/or residents.

The program is free of charge for up to 12 selected organizations that agree to explore smoke-free policies.

To apply for this opportunity, you must complete and submit this short application no later than 5:00pm on Monday, March 31st. You must also select at least one building, either owned or managed by your organization, in which to explore going smoke-free. DOHMH will select buildings based on readiness, demonstrated by organizational buy-in and capacity for resident engagement. Priority will be given to programs with a demonstrated capacity to provide support for tenants who wish to quit smoking.

If you wish to apply for this opportunity, please keep the following two dates in mind:

Thursday, March 6: Q&A conference call

This conference call will run from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The dial-in number for the call is 1-866-213-1863. The conference call pass code is 2607004.

Monday, March 17: Application due date

To apply for this program, you must complete your application by this date.

For any questions, please contact the Director of Housing Initiatives at DOHMH, Sean Robin, at (212) 996-8747 or We urge our NYC members to join!

Photo: Attendees at a DOHMH ceremony in 2013 to highlight supportive housing residences that completed a smoke-free program.

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