Promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.
The Housing Authority of The City of Pottsville shall at all times operate solely for the purpose of providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing for eligible families in a manner which promotes serviceability, economy, efficiency, and stability, along with the social well-being of these families.
Pottsville Housing Authority is committed to achieving the mission of assisting our residents in achieving a life based on the family-centered values of education, vocation, recreation, and other factors which promote self-esteem and self-sufficiency through an economically sound housing program. To this end, our mission addresses the needs of each family member, viewing them as a potential learner and earner.
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No Smoking Policy Announcement
The Pottsville Housing Authority is moving ahead with a change in policy mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that requires that public housing buildings become smoke free. The Housing Authority anticipates that the policy will be in place by July 1, 2018.
“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, breathing, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, water-pipes (hookahs) other tobacco products, or similarly lighted smoking material in any manner or in any form including all electronic cigarette products, commonly referred to as “e-cigarettes” which will not be permitted by residents, residents’ guests or any visitor(s) as well as staff anywhere inside the building, including the resident’s apartment, offices, community rooms, maintenance facilities, etc.
In addition, the HUD rule requires that tobacco products or similarly lighted smoking materials may only be used in designated areas outside of public housing buildings that are at least 25 feet from those buildings. The policy will also apply to guests and visitors as well as staff of the Pottsville Housing Authority and contractors employed by the Authority.
The Smoke-free Policy does not mean that residents will have to quit smoking in order to live in public housing. The new policy will only prohibit smoking in a PHA owned building and within 25 feet of PHA owned buildings. Residents, visitors, guests and staff will still be able to smoke outside, as long as they are not within 25 feet of a PHA owned building and do so in a smoking area designated by the Pottsville Housing Authority.
The Pottsville Housing Authority is also making arrangements to offer smoking cessation classes for those residents who are interested in no longer using tobacco products. We will provide more information on these classes in the near future.
The Pottsville Housing Authority will require that all Residents of public housing sign a lease addendum at the time of their lease renewal. Violators of the policy will be given warning before any action begins to terminate their lease.
This new policy acknowledges the health effects of smoking, particularly second hand smoke on non-smokers, as well the maintenance costs associated with units occupied by Residents who smoke.