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Miley Cyrus asks New York governor to protect homeless youth

She posted a letter on Instagram asking for $4.75 million to be added to the state's budget so young people have somewhere to sleep

Pop icon, artist and campaigner for homeless rights Miley Cyrus has penned a letter to Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, demanding that he allocates $4.75 million of the state's budget to help create 1,000 beds for those without a home. She's posted a copy of the letter on her Instagram.

Last year, Cyrus set up the Happy Hippie Foundation to "rally against youth injustice" and fight youth homelessness. She also has history with the issue – last year she sent a handsome homeless boy to collect her award for "Wrecking Ball" at the VMAs. "My name is Jesse, and I'm accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now," he said onstage at the time. "I know this because I am one of these people."

Helt, 22, was later arrested and stuck in the slammer for six months for breaking into someone's apartment.

It's estimated that there are 22,000 homeless children in New York and nearly 64,000 in total. Cyrus claims that between 2009 and 2012, the number of homeless kids turned away from shelters rose from 570 to 5,000, something she wants to see stopped.

As she rightly says: "These young people are homeless through no fault of their own. They've been kicked out of their homes of are fleeing abusive parents. And too often they're forced into dangerous situations just to find a place to sleep."

It isn't just America with an issue, it's the UK too. Last month it was revealed that a quarter of Britain's homeless youth are LGBT, pointing towards an embedded lack of tolerance behind the closed doors of the country's family homes.

Miley Cyrus also visited Austin this week for SXSW, making a surprise appearance at the Mike Will Made It showcase.