DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — People in public housing will have to find new places to smoke. Federal rules require residents to leave housing property if they want to smoke.
Jim Alpi is the executive director of the Decatur Housing Authority. He says it’s a regulation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development everyone must follow.
“Their reasoning is safety, reduced maintenance costs and public health,” said Alpi.
There are also consequences for breaking the rules.
“They have 3 if they’re caught, three warnings and, after the third warning if they continue to smoke on the premises, they’ll be asked to leave,” said Alpi.