AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The Augusta Homeless Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss future plans for the community. 

Members of the task force say the development of this project has been a collaborative effort among government and non-profit organizations including The United Way of the CSRA and The Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Commander Jonathan Raymer says his organization is working to prevent homelessness, providing a "first stop" for those in need of assistance.

Brittany Burnett of United Way says, "We know there are too many families in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The first stop here is a homeless service prevention center." Burnett adds, "We know if we can prevent homelessness, it will be much better for our community."

A new homeless services center is set to begin operations on October 3rd.