Skip to comments.Feds try to eliminate housing for the deaf -- at complex built for hearing-impaired
Posted on 10/21/2013 11:10:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
Video at link.
Arizona is defying a federal order to eliminate apartments for deaf seniors at a housing complex built specifically -- for the deaf.
"I think it's about the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a while," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who attempted to negotiate the impasse. "There are a lot of stories of out-of-control regulators, but this just seems to be going to the extreme."
A 2005 federal study found that the U.S. had virtually no affordable housing for the deaf. So the federal government helped build Apache ASL Trails, a 75-unit apartment building in Tempe, Ariz., designed specifically for the deaf. Ninety-percent of the units are currently occupied by deaf and deaf-blind seniors.
But now, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says Apache ASL Trails violates civil rights law -- because it shows a preference for the hearing-impaired.
"A preference or priority based on a particular diagnosis or disability and excluding others with different disabilities is explicitly prohibited by HUD's Section 504 regulations," says a HUD memo about the project. "There is no legal authority contained in any of Apache Trails funding to permit such a priority or preference."
HUD is threatening to pull all federal housing aid to Arizona unless it limits the number of hearing-impaired residents to 18 people. The agency would not forcibly remove current residents, but wants many of their units to be blocked off to deaf residents in the future once they leave.
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Typical Feds, one hand doesn’t know who the other hand is doing.
The feds missed an opportunity to turn them into a new, entitled victim group.
Yes, Obama wants to build government that works.
Whatever happened to just putting them near airports?
#1-— The complex is probably too white with a few Spanish. Got to get more disabled minorities in there somehow like some drug users on disability
#2-— The communist ObamaTron Feds are at war with Arizona and this is part of it. Are there any other such buildings in other states?
The new residents will all be registered to vote and helped to do it !!
Current residents and families thanking Republicans under Bush?
I’d say you’re right on both points.
Your #2 is most likely...bet there is a task force looking for these opportunities to use government force.
Hey, since I like blasting my stereo at full volume all night, now I know where to move!
I had no idea there was even such a thing as hearing impaired housing. It is actually a great idea because hearing impared often need different accommodations like lights instead of sirens for fire and doorbell.
We own our own house, but has a hearing impaired person myself (lost my hearing about 7 years ago), I have found that many ‘normal’ things are difficult. Fortunately, I have a husband who is long suffering and I can speech read very well so it helps.
It sounds like this is the first one built with help from HUD for affordable housing and it looks to be a great success except to HUD.
The video shows the inside if you didn’t view it, it’s quite nice.
Well there's your problem.
Did the apartments happen to have some feature the muslims wanted??
We know what Flake is saying, what does Obama’s suck butt Juan McCain have to say?
Next they will want to close Gallaudet University.
I’d bet McQueeg would parrot HUD and his buddy 0bummer.
I wondered for some time why they were allowed exemptions that would have gotten any other college closed down in a heartbeat, until I realized how ultra-liberal the place is.
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