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. 

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You can read some of their confessions below:

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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.

Cover image via  Srdjan Randjelovic I Shutterstock

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