There is a major concern that is being discussed among community and political leaders right now and that concern is homelessness.

Everyday, I’m seeing more and more law-abiding, hardworking homeless citizens due to a lack of affordable housing. There needs to be a more visible and positive solution presented by the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.

Homelessness can be defined as living in a place not meant for human habitation or a facility that doesn’t have four walls nor a roof over a person or persons' head. The cause of homelessness can be rooted in a: tragic loss of a loved one, job loss, domestic violence, divorce or family disputes.

In the United States, there are more than 3 million individual citizens and/or families living in a state of homelessness. In Polk County, there are thousands of youth homeless that are living in our community. I remind you, these young people attend our K-12 schools in Polk County, Florida.

As a collective group and community, we have to find help and a way to put our fellow men and women back to work, in order for them to live productively. Why? Homelessness does not discriminate against anyone. The reality is every hardworking citizens is one step from being homeless.

Dr. Shandale Terrell | Lakeland

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