Revisiting Cyndi Lauper’s New York Residence for Homeless LGBT Youth

In 2011, Singer Cyndi Lauper orchestrated and collaborated with the non-profit West End Intergenerational Residence, to raise funds for the first shelter for homeless LGBT youth in New York City. The True Colors Residence (the name based on her 1986 hit “True Colors”) is a groundbreaking facility in New York City for LGBT youth who have no place to go and no one to look out for them.

Lauper wrote in a letter seeking donations for the construction of the facility, “These young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!”

The residence is described as an “energy-efficient building with 30 studio apartments for youths aged 18 to 24, complete with indoor and outdoor community space. The residents pay rent based on their income and receive help with job placement.”

“This is the first development of its kind in New York City.  True Colors Residence is the epitome of what we mean when we say ‘fair housing.’ It is a testament of the City’s commitment to providing affordable housing for New Yorkers with special, specific needs,” said Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua.

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