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"be short on cash" = have very little money

"Many people are so short on cash that they become homeless and live on the streets."

"be hard up" = have little or no money

"I'm really hard up right now, and I don't have enough money to rent an apartment or live on my own."

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe the homeless situation in your community, city, or country? Where do they live, and what kinds of homeless assistance programs exist to serve this population? What are some possible solutions to the problem from an individual or government standpoint?

HELPFUL TIP: People become homeless for a number of reasons, and it is important to understand how communities can address their needs effectively.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What sometimes affects our ability to have compassion for the homeless?
A. few opportunities to volunteer
B. little contact with people everyday
C. poor understanding of the homeless

2. About _________ people are homeless in the United States.
A. 400,000
B. 450,000
C. 500,000

3. About ___________ percent of people who are homeless suffer from a mental health issue.
A. 15
B. 20
C. 25

4. Even though 25% of the homeless have jobs, they __________.
A. sometimes can't find jobs that interest them
B. often have to travel a long way to their workplace
C. don't earn enough money to pay for their expenses

5. Randall talks about a time when he and his wife ________________.
A. gave money to the poor
B. volunteered at a homeless shelter
C. bought dinner for a man

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some ways in which everyday citizens can help meet the needs of the homeless in their area?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find the answers to these questions:

  • What local organizations in your area serve the poor and/or homeless?
  • What kinds of services do they provide (e.g., emergency shelter, free meals, food pantries, clother and other personal care items, and/or addiction recovery services)?
  • In what ways can people volunteer their time and money to such organizations?
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