Arizona: Challenge to Housing for the Deaf Is Dropped
By FERNANDA SANTOS, The New York Times, 1/24/2014
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development ended a two-year legal dispute on Friday with the state and a private developer of subsidized housing, which it had accused of discrimination for favoring the deaf and the hard-of-hearing over others seeking to live in a 75-unit complex for the elderly built to fit the needs of the deaf. In a letter, HUD officials said that the type of federal funding used to build the complex, Apache ASL Trails, in Tempe, did not prevent it from giving preference to a specific group of disabled individuals. The agency closed its investigation and removed its legal challenges against the development, which was designed by a deaf architect and offers video phones and lights that flash when the phone or doorbell rings at each unit, among other features.
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