Albuquerque, NM

Opinion: The First Housing Project for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Is Underway

Daniella Cressman

After many false starts and frustrations, persistence has finally paid off: The first housing project dedicated to the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind is underway.

“This is a huge gift to us and a huge opportunity to our community; it’s really the result of 20 years of work through various frustrations, what we thought would be successes (and) false starts,” —Chad LeBlanc

Chad LeBlanc is the president of the Deaf Center of New Mexico and communicated this via a sign language interpreter.

This apartment complex will be named Hiland Plaza and, while it's primarily for those who are deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or deaf, it will also provide support for folks who are using housing vouchers.

It will feature:

  • 92 apartment units with one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom layouts for the deaf, blind-deaf, and hard of hearing community
  • A small community park
  • 23 affordable housing units set aside for people who are using housing vouchers

They are even adding some incredible features to keep residents as safe as they possibly can.

Such special design features as strobe fire alarms will be incorporated into the building since the development caters primarily to deaf individuals. —Pilar Martinez

As of May 12, 2022, it is anticipated that construction will take 15 months and pre-leasing will begin in the Fall.

Hartman + Majewski Design Group are the architects for the project which will be constructed by Jaynes Corp. with special development support from Green Insight. Financing and funding was provided by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, Raymond James and PNC Bank. Monarch Properties will manage the development upon completion. —Pilar Martinez

This apartment complex will certainly be a welcome addition to our community!

You can learn more here.

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