Singer Cyndi Lauper has announced she’s launching a safe haven housing area in New York’s Harlem neighborhood for LGBT youth.
True Colors Residence will open on West 154th St near Frederick Douglass Blvd in Manhattan on September 1. Youth who join the residence will be responsible for paying rent based on their income and will be linked with programs for education, recreation and employment.
Up to 40% of homeless youth in New York City are LGBT. From the press release:
“Although TCR will not require participation in its programs, a variety of social and educational support services will be available to all who request them. Our primary goal is to provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment that will empower our young residents to be the self-loving, happy and successful individuals they were meant to be.”
Talk about giving back! This is really inspiring. You go, Cyndi Lauper.