LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — One of the Muppets on "Sesame Street" is getting an update to her background to help the show address the growing rate of homelessness among children.
In the "Sesame Street" world, Lily, a pink 7-year-old Muppet, is now a homeless child. She was originally introduced to the show in 2011 as "food-insecure," meaning her family didn't always know where its next meal would come from.
In a recent video, Lily revealed that her family lost their apartment. "We've been staying in all kinds of different places," she explains.
The show's creators intend for Lily to "offer help and hope to the growing number of young children across the United States who are experiencing homelessness," according to a news release from the Sesame Workshop.
More than 2.5 million children are experiencing homelessness, according to figures from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Lily will show up in new videos, storybooks and more.
“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma — the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop. “We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them and giving them hope for the future. We want them to know that they are not alone, and home is more than a house or an apartment — home is wherever the love lives.”
Last year, "Sesame Street" made headlines for including a new character who lives with autism.