Cyndi Lauper appears in PSA to help HUD count Homeless Persons
(Best Syndication News) - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper, and the True Colors Fund’s Forty to Non Project, had produced a national public service announcement (PSA) to get citizens involved in the yearly campaign to help count the number of homeless people in over 3,000 cities and counties throughout the United States.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is asking participants to help count the number of homeless persons on the street and in shelters on a certain night. This “Point-in-Time” count is being planned yearly for the last 10 days in January. With the statistics, local planners will better understand the homelessness rates in their area and make plans to respond to the problem.
"We're thrilled to have Cyndi join us in this national campaign to expand our understanding of homelessness, and to accomplish that, we need people power," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "You can't solve a problem without understanding it. President Obama has set an ambitious goal to end homelessness as we know it and this effort is critical toward reaching this goal."
Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund, said, "The True Colors Fund is proud to work with HUD through our Forty to None Project to raise awareness about the important count of homeless people that occurs every January. Every day across America, people struggle to overcome homelessness and we as a society need to join together to ensure that we do all that we can to help them. The first step in being able to do that is to understand how many people is actually in need. I encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of this important effort so that we can make sure that everyone counts."
HUD said that this year's count would include information that is more specific. They want to know ages, gender, the number of children, and the number of veterans who are homeless. Specifically, HUD wants to learn more about the homeless children and youth.
More information about participating in the count is available at HUD’s website at https://www.onecpd.info/news/2013-point-in-time-count-make-everyone-count/ or at Cyndi Lauper’s website at www.fortytonone.org.
By: Dave Reddy
Cyndi Lauper PSA announcement