Even though this may not be at the forefront of your mind, homelessness is a very real problem in America. According to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, more than 3.5 million people in the U.S. become homeless every year. That’s a whole lot of people, and many of them are children. Some people who have been homeless are now huge celebrities who have worked hard to overcome financial hardship.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons why a person or family can become homeless. Some people fall behind on their rent or mortgages due to job loss or reduced hours. Others are not able to find jobs due to limited skill sets or a struggling economy. There are also instances in which families have to pay out large sums of money for medical bills or caring for a loved one, which can have dire financial consequences. In most cases, a combination of situations can lead to homelessness, and it is devastating for everyone involved.
There are some instances in which teenagers and young people become homeless as well. Some run away from home in order to live life on their own terms, and others feel that living on their own will provide personal and emotional safety. Here are 10 well-known celebrities who were homeless at one point.
10. Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank, who is known for her work in films like Million Dollar Baby, started acting when she was nine years old. Her first role was as Mowgli in a stage adaptation of The Jungle Book. She was also a talented swimmer, and even competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington State Championships. When Hilary was 13, her parents got divorced. She still had dreams of acting, so she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. The two lived out of her mother’s car and Swank’s mother booked auditions for her over pay phones. This continued until Hilary and her mom put enough money together to get an apartment.