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Miley urges New York Governor to spend on homeless youth

 

Think Miley Cyrus, think outrageous outfits, naked pictures, twerking (of course) and just some outright weirdness. 

But there is another side to the pop star.

While some thought that Miley Cyrus asking a homeless man to accept her trophy at last year's Video Music Awards was a stunt, Cyrus takes the issue of homeless youth very seriously.

She set up her Happy Hippie Foundation specifically to help young people without homes an on the streets.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old posted a heartfelt letter on Instagram that she has sent to the  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for $4.75 million (S$6.54 million)  in the state budget to help protect homeless youth.

 
 

Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:04am PDT

According Cyrus' figures, the numbers are rising and shelters cannot cope.

Cryus writes:

“As you probably know, 1.6 million kids across the US are homeless, and the problem is especially serious in New York.

Between 2009 and 2012, the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”

Explaining the plight of these teens on the streets, Cyrus wrote:

They've been kicked out of their homes or are fleeing abusive parents. And too often they're forced into dangerous situations just to find a place to sleep

Time reports that since starting the foundation, Cyrus has been raising funds by hosting backyard concerts with a variety of guest artists - from punk band Against Me to Ariana Grande

 

 

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:35pm PST

 

 

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:47pm PST

 

Source: Time, Instagram

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