Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New DC Housing for the Deaf

A housing development designed for the deaf will be located about two miles northwest of Gallaudet University in the Columbia Heights section of Washington, DC. Dantes Partners says its plans for the 28 unit (eight studio units, 16 one-bedroom units), four two-bedroom units, $11.5 million apartment building include an audio-video entry system, open floor plans, and well-lit spaces, avoiding dark and sharp corners. The firm plans to market the housing to deaf professionals - however, the law related to fair housing requires the units to be available to anyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ground-breaking should take place early next year and open for renters to move in about six months later. In the Google map below on DeafNewsToday.com, "A" is Gallaudet and "B" is the location of the new housing.

2 comments:

Erin said...

When you say the law says it must be open to all on first come, first serve, does that mean if hearing individuals apply before deaf, they can get it before the deaf??

Deaf News Today said...

Yes, that is correct.