Alan was forced to sleep on friends' sofas but has gone on to help shape the law on youth homelessness.
Youth homelessness is an increasingly pressing issue in Birmingham. Cuts to local authority budgets have meant vulnerable young people missing out on the vital services they need.
With a 40 year history of supporting 16-25 year olds at risk of homeless, St Basils offers solutions to young people at the point of crisis, through their widely-acclaimed prevention model, Pathway.
LandAid is funding local charity St Basils to support homeless young people in the city. In 2009/10, LandAid and SEGRO awarded a joint grant of £120,000 to St Basils to refurbish and extend their Gillott Road Centre so that more young people can embark upon life skills programmes that the charity offers.
A further £150,000 was awarded in 2013 for much needed refurbishments to Trentham House, an accommodation unit for vulnerable young pregnant girls and mothers and babies in crisis. The accommodation helps the charity to provide courses in parenting skills and re-engage residents in education and training.
The extension of the Gillot Road Centre has enabled 40 young people to complete accredited life skills courses helping them to sustain their tenancies and move into mainstream education and employment.
The refurbishment of Trentham House means that at any one time 17 young mothers and their babies can benefit from a safe and comfortable place to live. While they are staying in the accommodation, the charity is able to help the mothers tackle underlying issues such as drugs, mental health, abuse and neglect.
Denise Smyth, Manager of Trentham House, said: "the project has greatly modernized and improved our accommodation and has already made a big difference to the wellbeing of our young mums and their children".