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FYI: The HIV/AIDS Services Administration is in danger of being held in contempt of federal court for failure to respond to emergency assistance and food stamp requests fast enough. As part of a federal court ruling in a suit against HASA, the agency provides monthly reports on how it is fairing in meeting agreed upon standards of timely service. According to Housing Works, which led the lawsuit, while the reports show great improvement in some areas, they reflect none or little in dealing with “immediate needs” grants and food stamp requests. In July, Housing Works reports, HASA failed 64 percent of the time to respond to single food stamp requests in the required five days, and 11 percent of the time for family requests. The court has given HASA until the end of this month to show “dramatic improvement” or face contempt charges. [11/14/03]

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