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'Sesame Street' Has Introduced A Homeless Muppet

'Sesame Street' has never shied away from teaching kids about social issues in its nearly 50 year history on TV.

The iconic children's TV show introduced a homeless Muppet this week to offer "help, hope and healing" to kids and families across the United States experiencing homelessness.

Lily is a 7-year-old hot pink Muppet whose family is staying with friends on the famous street after losing their house. Sesame Workshop has noted that the character's appearance is part of a new initiative aimed at raising awareness about the issue of homelessness.

“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,” Sesame Workshop's Sherrie Westin said in a statement.

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"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.”

And while some fans of the show are pointing out that Oscar the Grouch is technically Sesame Street's first homeless Muppet, the episode has been praised for raising awareness about the issue of childhood homelessness.

According to Sesame Workshop, there are currently more than 2.5 million children experiencing homelessness in the US, and nearly half of those kids are under the age of six.

Sesame Street has previously introduced a Muppet with autism as well as a HIV-positive character in the South African version of the show.

Main Image: Sesame Workshop.