The world- children's television Sesame Street has introduced a new character to highlight the of homeless children. The educational TV series, which has been aired since 1969, is helping to tackle the issue of homelessness via a new called Lily. She is a 7-year-old girl who was left homeless after her lost their . Lily's plight mirrors that of over 2.5 million children in the USA who are also homeless. Millions more around the world are in the same . A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the associated with homelessness and allow children to identify with her, "and hopefully feel less ".
The iconic, show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among children. Other tough they have addressed include dealing with parents who are in , living with autism, and facing bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the of reaching out to children who have no home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating of trauma. As well as the hardship of being homeless, those children may suffer due to , domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their ." She added: "We want homeless children to know that are not alone."