Sesame Street is introducing homelessness to American children, courtesy of Lily, the seven-year-old muppet and her family. The Sesame Workshop hope to raise awareness and offer hope and help to a growing number of children experiencing homelessness themselves. For the record, there are a reported two-point-five million children in the United States who are homeless.
While Lily was first introduced in 2011 to teach viewers about hunger and food insecurity, her storyline is being expanded – with the other “residents” of Sesame Street offering comfort and reminders about belonging. For now Lily's story will be limited to Sesame Street in Communities videos and not air on the televised episodes. This initiative is being launched as part of Sesame Workshop's Sesame Street in Communities program.