Henrietta apartments equipped for deaf residents receive state funding

Posted at: 07/14/2013 9:53 AM | Updated at: 07/14/2013 9:54 AM
By: Messenger Post | WHEC.com

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Funding has been awarded for the Rochester View Apartments, 60 apartments offering enhanced supports to accommodate tenants who may be deaf. In May, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $5.7 million dollars for the project through the New York State Housing and Community Renewal (NYSHCR) Uni?ed Funding Application.

“We are very pleased to provide this much-needed affordable housing option for income-eligible individuals in our community,” said Mark H. Fuller, President of DePaul.

A total of 33 projects were awarded a total of $91 million in low-interest loans and tax credits aimed at creating 2,060 units of affordable housing.

“We are elated that NY State has chosen to ?nance the Rochester View Apartments project,” said Fellow and Researcher with the Department of Public Health Sciences and National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester Tamala David, Ph.D. “Rochester is the perfect place and now is the perfect time for the development of this ‘deaf-friendly’ residential community.”

According to a recent report by the Rochester Institute of Technology, there are 43,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing residents in the Rochester metro area, which is slightly above the national average.

Under the current design, the 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments will include open ?oor plans with high levels of visibility, strategic lighting, safety lights on appliances such as the faucet, doorbell, video conferencing and calling, and pillows that vibrate during a ?re alarm. The entire building has been designed to potentially accommodate persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and those using ASL.

Construction is expected to begin at 4365 W Henrietta Rd., between Calkins Road and Lehigh Station Road, in September. The project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2014.

Story courtesy of the Messenger Post.

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