Homelessness

What stereotypes do people have about the homeless?

Why do people lose their homes?

Why do people stay homeless for years?

Do we have a homelessness problem in Poland?

What kind of help do homeless people get in Poland?

The USA is in the midst of a homelessness crisis caused by the economic recession. People are losing their homes because they no longer can afford rent.

Check the meaning of these words before you listen: authorities, an encampment, to exacerbate.

 
Task 1

Watch the video about the homelessness spike in LA.

Are the statements true or false?

  1. Tomas Aliman became homeless because of his medical bills. T/F
  2. At first he lived in his car with his 2 kids. T/F
  3. Many homeless suffer from mental health issues or substance addiction. T/F
  4. 47% of all homeless people in California live in Los Angeles. T/F
  5. Authorities have spent 619 mln on the issue since 2015. T/F

 

What help should local governments offer to homeless people?

Do you think giving a permanent home to chronically homeless could work?

Task 2

A. Read a part of a New Yorker article about the Housing First program and fill in the gaps with the words below.

 

case managers, fix, piles up, mental, shelters, permanent, treatment, wasteful, adjust

 

In 2005, Utah set out to ________ a problem that’s often thought of as unfixable: chronic homelessness. The state had almost two thousand chronically homeless people.
Most of them had _________-health or substance-abuse issues, or both. At the
time, the standard approach was to try to make homeless people “housing ready”:
first, you got people into __________ or halfway houses and put them into
____________; only when they made progress could they get a chance at permanent
housing. Utah, though, embraced a different strategy, called Housing First: it
started by just giving the homeless homes.

Handing mentally ill substance abusers the keys to a new place may sound like an example of ___________ government spending. But it turned out to be the opposite: over time, Housing First has saved the government money. Homeless people are not cheap to take care of. The cost of shelters, emergency-room visits, ambulances, police,
and so on quickly __________. Lloyd Pendleton, the director of Utah’s Homeless
Task Force, told me of one individual whose care one year cost nearly a million
dollars, and said that, with the traditional approach, the average chronically
homeless person used to cost Salt Lake City more than twenty thousand dollars a
year. Putting someone into ___________housing costs the state just eight
thousand dollars, and that’s after you include the cost of the ____________ who
work with the formerly homeless to help them _________. The same is true elsewhere. A Colorado study found that the average homeless person cost the
state forty-three thousand dollars a year, while housing that person would cost
just seventeen thousand dollars.

 

B. Finish reading the article and check your answers. Find out if this approach can really help people long-term in getting their lives back on track?

Home Free?
James Surowiecki on Utah’s cost-effective approach to chronic homelessness: instead of putting people into shelters or halfway houses, just hand them the keys to a new place.

Extra material:
Artist’s voice: Phil Collins “Another Day In Paradise” (1989)
Task 3

Listen carefully to the song and find 8 mistakes in the lyrics.

 

She calls out to the man on the street
“Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to go
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”

He moves on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t see her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you, you and me in paradise

Think about it

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the toes of her feet
She can’t talk but she’s trying

Oh think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice
It’s just another day for you, you and me in paradise

Just think about it

Oh, Lord, is there nothing more you can do?
Oh, my Lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her hands
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every street
‘Cause she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice
It’s just another day for you, you and me in paradise

Just think about it
Just think about it

It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise

Just think about it

 

Source: www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/philcollins/anotherdayinparadise.html

 

Agata Soja & Kasia Szczepaniak

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