Apache ASL Trails facility in Tempe facing discrimination charges

TEMPE, AZ - A Tempe housing complex is drawing federal scrutiny over potential discrimination.

The Apache ASL Trails facility has 85 residents and 90 percent of them are deaf or hearing impaired.

The U.S. Department of Housing (HUD) says that is too many hard of hearing residents and they need to have more minority groups living there.

A HUD representative is expected to be in the Valley this week to discuss the ongoing issue.

"It's so funny they think we are discriminating," said resident and complex manager Linda Russell. "We are the ones who know what it's like to be discriminated against."

The problem is, the 16 million dollar complex was built using some federal money which means civil rights rules need to be followed.  But the residents who live here, mainly in their 70's and 80's, don't want things to change. 

Everyone is friendly, shares a common bond and speaks, or signs, the same language.

"I love it here. I don't want to leave until I'm dead," said resident Rose Marie Prince.

HUD is threatening to withhold federal money from the state if an agreement isn't reached.

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