Lily, the hot pink puppet with red hair, is the first character to be homeless on “Sesame Street.” She was first introduced to the series in 2011 where she explained that her family was experiencing food insecurity – they didn’t have enough to eat.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” is reintroducing Lily as the first homeless character on the show in order to provide hope for those children that are currently without a home of their own. The story line was created as a new initiative, and part of the Sesame Street in Communities program, to alleviate the stigma around homelessness.