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| All Everett Housing Authority units are now smoke free. Health concerns and costs related to smoking prompted the change.|
Jump to full article: Everett (WA) Herald, 2011-07-04
Author: Debra Smith, Herald Writer advertisement * your ad here
Hundreds of people who live in subsidized housing in Everett can no longer light up inside their homes.
A smoking ban took effect Friday at all of the Everett Housing Authority's apartments, houses and duplexes.
The quasi-government entity owns or manages 1,047 affordable housing units occupied by about 2,300 tenants.
The change was needed, officials said, out of a concern for tenants' health, the increased risk of fires and the expenditure of public money to prepare units for renting that have previously been occupied by smokers.
It can cost up to 30 percent more to get a smoker's unit ready to re-rent, or about $500 extra, said Ellen Michaud, director of housing management.
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