Columbia Co. and Lake City working on joint effort to tackle panhandling and homelessness

COLIMBIA CO., Fla., (WCJB) -- Homelessness and panhandling sometimes go hand- in- hand, but election officials in Columbia County are targeting the two separately.

A joint meeting with Columbia County and Lake City officials took place tonight to tackle ways to enforce action against panhandling and find ways to provide better services for the homeless population.

Officials voted unanimously to appoint a committee with elected officials and residents to work together to help homeless people. Committee members will be appointed at the next county and city meeting.