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The purpose of the CHA Resident Police Office Non-Emergency Tip-Line is for the residents to call in any suspicious behavior that could be jeopardizing the health and safety of the residents as long as it is not an emergency.
If you see something that you want the Resident Police Officer and/or the Director Supportive Services/Occupancy to check out and investigate,
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CHA Deputy Director Diane Cohen Attends White House Convening on the Proposed Smoke-Free Rule:
On January 6, 2016, Chelsea Housing Authority Deputy Director and New England Regional Council NAHRO Senior Vice- President, Diane Cohen along with NAHRO staff and public health advocates from across the country attended a Convening on the Proposed HUD Smoke-Free Rule at the White House. HUD’s proposed rule would require each public housing agency (PHA) implement a smoke-free policy for all of its 1.2 million public housing units and common areas no later than 18 months from the effective date of the final rule. The purpose of the convening was to establish a dialogue between Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), health-related groups and federal partners to discuss common concerns, share best practices, and exchange information before comments on the proposed rule are due. The agenda allowed for several opportunities for interaction with policy makers. HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy made opening remarks, followed by a panel conversation on Stakeholder Focal Issues moderated by Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
The Chelsea Housing Authority implemented a Smoke-Policy in all of its state and federal public housing developments last year. The CHA staff began this initiative back in mid-2014 by enlisting the assistance of public health advocates to assist in the process of surveying residents, holding resident meetings on site at each of the developments to encourage input and feedback, offering smoking cessation programs and other supportive, counseling services free of charge. The survey results were overwhelmingly in support of smoke-free housing, which was critical in allowing the CHA to design a policy that balanced the needs of all of its residents and would ensure its success.
The policy has the full support of its Board of Commissioners and is aimed at protecting nonsmokers, most especially children and elders, from breathing in secondhand cigarette smoke from neighboring units, which can cause asthma attacks, respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease. According to HUD, the rule will help improve the health of more than 760,000 children and help public housing agencies save $153 million annually in health care, repairs and preventable fires. “I was honored to represent the Chelsea Housing Authority at the White House convening,” said Deputy Director, Diane Cohen, “to share best practices with my colleagues and take part in the policy development that has such a great, lasting impact on our residents’ well- being and health.”
PICTURED, left to right:
John Mahon, Executive Director, Bayonne Housing Authority, NJ; Rick Leco, NAHRO Vice President for Commissioners; Diane Cohen, Deputy Director Chelsea Housing Authority, MA/NERC NAHRO Senior Vice President; Thomas Rowe, Executive Director Murfreesboro HA, TN; Carl Richie NAHRO Senior Vice -President
Five Year/Annual Public Housing Plan and Outreach to Establish RAB:
The Chelsea Housing Authority is in the process of updating the 5 Year/Annual Public Housing Plan. This process includes putting together a Resident Advisory Board to review the plans and provide comments and suggestions.
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