Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence in Harlem, N.Y. is celebrating its upcoming four year anniversary as the shelter for homeless LGBT youth opened its doors for the first time four years ago in September 2011.
Lauper’s 30-bed housing facility was designed for youth 18-24 and comes with indoor and outdoor community spaces and created with energy efficiency in mind. Residents do have to pay rent, but the rent is adjusted to the residents’ income level; counseling and job placement services are also available on the premises to assist residents.
Lauper appeared before a Senate subcommittee on Capitol Hill earlier this year discussing efforts on alleviating homelessness among LGBT youth and addressing factors that lead to LGBT homeless. If you haven’t already, take a video tour of Lauper’s True Colors Residence and check out some of its amenities and services it offers, below: