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55 Pa. Code § 2800.27. SSI recipients.

§ 2800.27. SSI recipients.

 (a)  If a residence agrees to admit a resident eligible for SSI benefits, the residence’s charges for actual rent and other services may not exceed the SSI resident’s actual current monthly income reduced by the current personal needs allowance.

 (b)  The administrator or staff persons may not include funds received as lump sum awards, gifts or inheritances, gains from the sale of property or retroactive government benefits when calculating payment of rent for an SSI recipient or for a resident eligible for SSI benefits.

 (c)  The administrator or staff persons may not seek or accept any payments from funds received as retroactive awards of SSI benefits, but may seek and accept the payments only to the extent that the retroactive awards cover periods of time during which the resident actually resided in the residence and for which full payment has not been received.

 (d)  The administrator shall provide each resident who is a recipient of SSI, at no charge beyond the amount determined in subsection (a), the following items or services as needed:

   (1)  Necessary personal hygiene items, such as a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. Cosmetic items are not included.

   (2)  Laundry services for personal laundry, bed linens and towels, but not including dry cleaning or other specialized services.

   (3)  Assistance or supervision in ADL or IADL, or both.

 (e)  Third-party payments made on behalf of an SSI recipient and paid directly to the residence are permitted. These payments may not be used for food, clothing or shelter because to do so would reduce SSI payments. See 20 CFR 416.1100 and 416.1102 (relating to income and SSI eligibility; and what is income). These payments may be used to purchase items or services for the resident that are not food, clothing or shelter.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2800.102 (relating to bathrooms).

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