Miley Cyrus urges NY lawmakers to boost funds for homeless

Miley Cyrus has joined state lawmakers and organizations in pushing Albany to beef up funds for homeless youth.Jamie McCarthy

Miley Cyrus has joined state lawmakers and organizations in pushing Albany to beef up funds for homeless youth.

ALBANY — Miley Cyrus is now wagging her famous tongue for the homeless.

The singer, who on her last tour slid down a giant tongue, has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo and state legislative leaders asking for more funding in the state budget for homeless youth.

Cyrus is backing a proposal by state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Coalition for Homeless Youth and Empire State Pride Agenda to include $ 4.75 million for homeless youth in the upcoming state budget that is being negotiated.

The 22-year-old star says that the number of homeless youth turned away at shelters between 2009 and 2012 grew from 570 to more than 5,000.

“These young people are homeless through no fault of their own,” 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.

“But it doesn’t have to be like this, and there’s a clear way to make an impact right now: more funding for homeless youth shelter beds.”

The one-time “Hannah Montana” star said her call for the funding is tied to the “Happy Hippie Foundation” she founded last year “to rally young people to fight injustice, starting with youth homeless.”

“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done, but we need leaders like you to help,” she wrote.

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