351.28 Home Visits.
(a) A visit to the home of an applicant for or recipient of Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) or Home Relief (HR) may be conducted by an official of the social services district as part of an investigation into eligibility or continuing eligibility for such assistance. The visit may be conducted with advance notice that a visit may take place, or without advance notice in the circumstances described in subdivision (b) of this secxtion. A home visit must ordinarily be conducted only during the normal business hours of the social services district or during daylight hours, unless the circumstances of the applicant or recipient make such time impractical. The social services official conducting such visit must properly identify himself or herself.
(b) A visit to the home of an applicant for or a recipient of ADC or HR by an official of the social services district may be conducted without advance notice to the applicant or recipient when the district has information that is inconsistent with or fails to support pertinent information reported by the applicant or recipient during the eligibility or redetermination of eligibility process, when the applicant or recipient fails to provide information pertinent to the eligibility or redetermination of eligibility process that he or she would reasonably be expected to provide or when it appears that information provided by the applicant or recipient during the eligibility or redetermination of eligibility process is false. Examples of such circumstances include, but are not limited to: where the landlord does not verify the household composition or provides information which is inconsistent with the information in the application; where the household's stated expenses exceed the stated income or the current grant without a reasonable explanation; where there is no information concerning a parent who is alleged to be absent from the home or the information is inconsistent with the information in the application; where the application is inconsistent with prior case information in the district's possession; or where the application contains inconsistent information that would affect eligibility for ADC or HR.
(c) Consent by the applicant or recipient to an unscheduled visit must not be considered to be permission to search the premises. The official may question the applicant or recipient about people or objects in plain view on the premises.
(d) Failure by the applicant to cooperate during an unscheduled visit or to permit such visit is not a basis for a discontinuance or denial of assistance. An official conducting an unscheduled visit must not indicate or lead the applicant or recipient to believe that failure to cooperate or to permit the visit will be a basis for denying or discontinuing benefits.
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