‘We don’t have our own place to live’: Sesame Street introduces first homeless character

‘We don’t have our own place to live’: Sesame Street introduces first homeless character

December 12, 2018

Lily, the hot pink puppet with red hair, is the first character to be homeless on Sesame Street.

Lily is Sesame Street’s first homeless character.Credit:Sesame Street Workshop

The story line was created as a new initiative, and part of the Sesame Street in Communities program, to alleviate the stigma around homelessness.

In the videos, Lily is also shown to be supported by Elmo who tells her "we got this" and that her friends will always be there for her.

Sesame Street in Communities has also provided free resources for parents and caregivers, including activities and suggestions to help mitigate the effects of homelessness in children. There are videos that show Lily being loved by her friends Elmo and Sofia and others that show other kids who don't have homes sharing what the idea of "home" means to them.

"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 in a press release.

"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."

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