The nonprofit behind “Sesame Street” is having a muppet experience homelessness to bring attention to the number of children living without homes.

Lily, a 7-year-old muppet, was reintroduced this week after first being depicted on the show in 2011 as experiencing food-insecurity due to her family lacking a consistent food supply.


Lily, now homeless, will be featured in upcoming online videos and interactive activities for children, Sesame Workshop, the group behind the popular show, said in a release.

There are currently no plans for Lily's homeless storyline to be featured on the flagship "Sesame Street" program.

"Lily is the first Muppet we've created whose storyline includes that she is experiencing homelessness," Sherrie Westin, president of the non-profit group Sesame Workshop, told CNN.

“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,” she said. “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.”

More than 2.5 million children are experiencing homelessness, with almost half of those kids under the age of 6, according to figures provided by Sesame Workshop.

The new character and accompanying initiative is designed for children aged 2 through 6 to have them see what homelessness looks like through the lens of someone — in this case a muppet — their own age. Free, bilingual educational resources featuring Lily will be available online.