16 Brutally Honest Confessions From People Who Used To Be Homeless

"I purposely hurt myself so I could have a bed to lie in at the hospital."

On a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people in the United States were homeless, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. About 15 percent of the homeless population has experienced "chronic homelessness," or homelessness that lasts for a year or longer. 

If you've never experienced it firsthand, it can be difficult to imagine the effect homelessness has on someone after they've overcome it. Some formerly homeless people took to the Whisper app, an online platform where users can make anonymous confessions, to tell us how homelessness has changed their lives. 

You can read some of their confessions below:




When I was homeless a year ago I purposefully hurt myself so I could have a
bed to lie in at the hospital


I was homeless for six months. For food, I would walk around the fancy
grocery stores and take as many samples as I could. I slept in alleys, but
ate like a king.


When I was homeless and there was a blizzard, I went to apartments and rang
a random doorbell and just stayed in the local laundry room until it was


I became a manager at work & I just made a bank deposit for my job. The
bank is across the street from where I used to sleep in the parking lot of
a church when I was homeless last year.


This feels like a huge accomplishment, I can finally pay my bills and rent
with one paycheck. I used to be homeless, this is a big deal for me. I feel
safe for the first time in a really long time


When I was homeless I overate every chance I could because I didn


In starting to wonder if being homeless was better than the stress of
finding a job and the continued stress of bills. I almost want to go back :(


Two years ago, I was homeless. Now, I own a desktop, laptop, tablet, and
iphone. I don


I sleep on the sofa because it


Back when I was homeless I would shoplift from the mall and sell the stolen
clothes. It


I used to be homeless. Whenever it


I absolutely hate it when people waste food. It just reminds me of when I
was homeless and could barely keep myself afloat.




People get upset that I stress so much over money. I only stress over it
because I was homeless for 2 years and I dont want to go back.


I was once homeless and now that I

You (yes you!) can help end homelessness by joining the fight. Consider volunteering your time through Volunteers of America or donating food, clothing, or money to your local homeless shelter.


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