Federal Gov Builds Housing for Deaf Seniors, Bans Housing for Deaf Seniors

State taxpayers and the apartment's developer have spent $500,000 so far fighting HUD.


The United States government has three important functions. Collecting taxpayer money, building housing for deaf seniors and making housing for deaf seniors illegal.

This is a true story of how the government fulfilled two of its main functions at the same time by building and banning housing for deaf seniors.

Arizona is defying a federal order to eliminate apartments for deaf seniors at a housing complex built specifically — for the deaf. …

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.

HUD is threatening to pull all federal housing aid to Arizona unless it limits the number of hearing-impaired residents to 18 people.

However, when HUD approved and helped fund the project in 2008, it did so knowing that the property was specifically "designed for seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind."

But that was under Bush. HUD has a new Obama-man at the top now. And he doesn't cotton to uppity deaf seniors.

State taxpayers and the apartment's developer have spent $500,000 so far fighting HUD.

Money that could have been spent actually helping deaf seniors

All 74 units at Apache ASL Trails accommodate wheelchairs. Blinking lights signal when the doorbell rings and when utilities like the garbage disposal and air conditioning are running. A video phone lets residents "talk" with friends.

"It's nice to have a life that's equivalent to other people that are not deaf," said resident Linda Russell. "This building is designed for deaf people, by deaf people, and we know what is best for our needs."

"I've been living here for two and a half years," said 74-year-old Rose Marie Pryce. "I love the deaf environment. We have a great time together. I have lots of friends. (If forced to move) I would be devastated. I would cry. I want to stay here, we need this place."

But maybe a bunch of Obama's favorite illegal alien DREAMERS need it more.