According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 553,742 people who are permanently homeless and over a million people who have checked into shelters at any given time, even if their living situation is only temporary.
There is a stereotype about homeless people that they must have done something wrong to deserve their fate, like crime, drug addiction, or alcoholism. While it’s true in some cases, such instances are only a fraction of what homelessness in the United States actually looks like. Thousands of children cannot take any blame for their situation. There are veterans, unemployed professionals, and chronically ill people whose medical bills sent them plummeting into bankruptcy.
Even when we hit rock bottom, human beings have the amazing ability to be resilient. These are ten people who were homeless at one point in their life and found a way to break out of their situation in order to find a new place to call home.
10. Braheam Murphy
Braheam Murphy was a promising football player at Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. His coach, Sam Greiner, noticed that his grades were dropping and almost kicked him off the team. Little did he know that Murphy was struggling just to find a place to sleep at night. His mother died when he was just five years old. His father remarried, and his new wife gave birth to Braheam’s half-sister, who has cerebral palsy. They could only afford to live in a one-bedroom apartment, making it too small for him and his older sister to stay.
Murphy worked a part-time job after football practice and slept with extended family members, who allowed him and his sister to stay on the couch or floor for one or two nights at a time. He had no place to call home. This lifestyle left little room for homework, studying, or extra practice. If things didn’t change, he would have no way to succeed in his life.
Murphy opened up to his coach about his living situation and how football was his entire world. He asked Coach Greiner if he could live with him so that he could continue to play. Greiner said yes. Once he had more stability in his life, Murphy brought his grades up to a 3.7 GPA, and he became the new quarterback. His journey helped to inspire his teammates so much that in 2018, his high school won the North Carolina state championships for the first time since the 1950s. A recruiter from Army West Point noticed Braheam Murphy and gave him a full scholarship to play football for their school.