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    Miley Cyrus Hopes to Start a "National Conversation About Youth Homelessness" Amid MTV VMAs Date Controversy

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    Despite the recent news that her 2014 MTV VMAs date currently has a warrant out for his arrest, Miley Cyrus took to Twitter to defend Jesse Helt and shed even more light on homelessness in America.

    "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included," she wrote earlier today.

    "I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it."

    She then asked her over 18 million followers: "Does looking down upon the homeless help excuse their inaction?"

    The singer had Helt accept her Video of the Year Award on her behalf Sunday evening, where he addressed the crowd in an emotional speech.

    "My name is Jesse, and I'm accepting this award on behalf of 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth who are starving lost and scared right now," he said as Cyrus wiped tears from her cheeks.

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    "I know this because I am one of these people. I have survived in shelters all over this city…Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

    After the ceremony Cyrus encouraged fans to visit her Facebook page to donate money to My Friend's Place, a homeless shelter aimed at helping teens in Hollywood.

    So far, Cara Delevingne, Emma Roberts and Susan Sarandon have also all tweeted in support of the cause.

    Earlier today, E! News confirmed that there is currently a warrant out for the arrest of the Salem, Ore., native for violation of probation, stemming from previous charges including criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

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