Singer Cyndi Lauper will open her True Colors Residence for LGBT homeless teens in Harlem next Thursday.

The 30-bed facility is the first of its kind in New York City.

“In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40 percent) of homeless youth identify as LGBT,” Lauper said in a fundraising letter. “Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to go for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!”

Lauper's organization differs from the Ali Forney Center, whose program offers temporary shelter and aid to homeless LGBT youth aged 16 to 24.

The True Colors Residence is permanent housing. Residents will pay rent based on their income and receive job placement help, if needed.

Carl Siciliano, the founder and executive director of the Ali Forney Center, welcomed the new project.

“There are fewer than 200 beds for homeless youth in New York City, and fewer than ten beds for homeless LGBT youth,” Siciliano told WYNC radio. “So every new bed aimed at this new population is really a matter of life and death that could get kids off the street.”

(Related: New York City awards homeless gay teens center Ali Forney $620,000.)