After approving funding in 2008 for construction of a 75-unit apartment building intended for residents with hearing impairment, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has ruled that Apache ASL Trails in Tempe, Ariz., violates civil rights law, specifically HUD's Section 504 regulations. Arizona is so far defying the order to limit the number of hearing-impaired residents in the building. HUD has threatened to withdraw all federal housing money from the state.

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