Alan became homeless at 18 when his Mum was expecting a baby. He was forced to sleep on friends' sofas whilst trying to understand his situation and continue his studies.
During this time a careers advisor at his local college referred him to St Basils, a project supported by LandAid. He was immediately offered emergency accommodation in Birmingham, introduced to support workers and given supplies to get him back on his feet.
Since then, Alan's gone on to achieve remarkable things. He's studied at the University of Birmingham, worked as a support worker for a housing association and made visits to the Houses of Parliament and the EU to help shape policy and legislation on youth homelessness.
Here's his story in his own words:
Video produced by St Basils and the National Youth Reference Group