Meet Lily, a 7-year-old pink muppet from Sesame Street who is experiencing homelessness.
Lily is Sesame Street’s first homeless character.
Lily is featured on Sesame Street in Communities — an online resource for young children. For now, the homelessness storyline will not appear on the television show.
In an introductory video for Lily, Sesame Street explains that grown-ups should help homeless kids share their feelings and should remind them that it’s not their fault.
Some people were confused about Lily being the first homeless character on Sesame Street, since Oscar the Grouch has long lived in a trash can. The main difference here is that the trash can is a home for Oscar, because he is a Grouch — a species that lives in trash.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.