PAH! Hiland Plaza
Family Focused | Year Built 2023 | 92 units
5000 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
PAH! Hiland Plaza is Albuquerque’s first multifamily affordable housing community designed by and for the Deaf Community and one of only 5 in the nation. Sol Housing partnered with the Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico to create a space that is not only appropriate for individuals and small families with low incomes, but one with specific design elements that accommodate the needs of the Deaf community in New Mexico. These elements include site staff fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), a videophone secured entry, and strobe fire alarms and doorbells in the apartments, to name a few. PAH! Hiland will be the new home for the Deaf Culture Center’s offices and event space. The inclusion of the word, PAH!, is based on the ASL sign that means “finally,” indicating the amount of time and hard work the DCCNM spent in securing a relationship with a developer that would realize its vision. On-site enrichment services will be offered for both ASL and non-ASL speakers to include after school tutoring and classes in health and nutrition, computer literacy, financial literacy, job search and resume building, and CPR in addition to health screenings and other community events.
PAH! Hiland Plaza was completed in 2023 with funding by the City of Albuquerque and utilization of Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.
Architect: Hartman + Majewski Design Group
General Contractor: Jaynes Corporation
Development Costs: $23,211,509
Awards: 2022 MFA Housing Summit Housing Innovation Award