Lodgings For Lost Teens: The Housing Project Transforming Lives In Birmingham

Homeless at the age of 16, Jordan Coughlan would walk the streets of Birmingham all night just so he wouldn’t have to sleep on them.

Having lost his mother to suicide when he was 13, he had spent three turbulent years in foster care, bouncing between homes, before he finally ended up on the streets, separated from his three younger siblings.

It was a rough time. He got into trouble with the police, was thrown out of college, and was in his own words “a borderline alcoholic” when he landed on Hannah Lees-Smith’s front doorstep in 2011.

But this time, things would turn out very differently.

Lees-Smith had decided to open her home to troubled teenagers who urgently needed…

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