Barred From Living Together, Newlyweds Offered Joint Placement
More than a month after marrying, a couple with intellectual disabilities who were forced to remain in separate group homes may soon be able to live together.
Paul Forziano, 30, and Hava Samuels, 36, sued their Manorville, N.Y. group homes earlier this year for the right to live as husband and wife.
The two married in April, but continue to reside in separate facilities three miles apart because administrators at the residences would not allow the couple to move in together.
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But now Forziano and Samuels may soon get their wish. They’ve been offered a joint placement at a Riverhead, N.Y. group home were they plan to move July 1, according to court documents.
“Renovations to the room where Paul and Hava would stay were recently completed. One week ago Paul and Hava visited the room for the first time and liked it,” the couple’s attorneys wrote in a letter sent to U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler on Monday. “Paul and Hava are very eager to begin living together as a married couple.”
The home currently houses eight other men with disabilities, a point of concern for the couple’s parents. Accordingly, the families are requesting that Forziano and Samuels be allowed to move into their new home on a trial basis for 30 to 90 days with the option to return to their current placements in case the new setting does not work out.