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Through Lily the Muppet, advocacy groups help Sesame Street shed light on child homelessness

Through Lily the Muppet, advocacy groups help Sesame Street shed light on child homelessness

Helping kids heal from the trauma and stigma of homelessness, Sesame Street
introduces a character who faces the challenges of not having a permanent home.

12/13/18- Though she’s got bright pink skin and a lavender nose, 7-year-old Lily still has something in common with a staggering number of New York City children: she’s homeless. And now, she’s the first Muppet on Sesame Street to shed a light on the issue.

Child homelessness is a growing issue, experts say. One out of every 10 students in New York City experienced homelessness in the 2017-18 school year. In 2015, more than 20,000 children under six years old were in the New York City Department of Homeless Services shelter system at some point that year.

“The sad truth is when people think of homelessness in America, they don’t think of the face of a child under 6, but that is in fact the majority of those who are homeless,” said Kate Barrand, president and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children.

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