AceShowbiz - Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund is shining a light on youth homelessness through its latest project.
Cyndi announced the launch of the State Index on Youth Homelessness on Thursday, June 28, a project created in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, in which the 50 states of America, plus the District of Columbia, have been rated on how effectively they have addressed the challenge of housing youth.
Praising the initiative as "a game-changer," Cyndi explained: "It is the first-of-its-kind resource."
"The purpose is not to demonise states but to empower them to improve how they are addressing youth homelessness," she added, reports Variety.
In the index, Washington and Massachusetts came out on top, while Alabama and South Carolina sit at the bottom of the chart.
The 65-year-old singer, who experienced homelessness before she found fame, is especially concerned by LGBTQ youth, who, according to Variety, are 120 per cent more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ kids.
In the wake of the news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a supporter of LGBTQ rights, is retiring, the "Time After Time" hitmaker says now is the time for people to work together to effect positive change.
"Honestly, I feel that him retiring now gives people an opportunity to mobilise," she told Variety. "We still are a country run by the people who vote in people to represent us. Which means you gotta vote. And now is the time to get up off your butt, stop whining about Bernie Sanders (losing presidential bid), and move forward before you have no rights at all."