Promoting Healthy Development
Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities
For more than five years the Bay Area Community Resources SUNSET Tobacco Education Project has been working hard to help “clear the air” for San Franciscans living in multi-unit housing (a building with 2 or more housing units). With funding from the California Department of Public Health, SUNSET exceeded expectations through collaboration and networking, research, data collection, and community outreach. As of May 2015, SUNSET has worked with 7 multi-unit housing complexes in San Francisco that committed to being smoke-free by changing their lease agreements to include no smoking in any units! These properties are leased and rented by people from many different countries and backgrounds that are now protected in their own homes from the dangers that drifting smoke can bring.
The SUNSET Russian Tobacco Education Project’s goal is to create healthier living spaces in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, particularly for low-income Russian- speakers who suffer disproportionately from tobacco related diseases. This year, we sought to reach our goal by advocating for smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing.