Media Release

Tuesday May 31, 2016

For immediate release

The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby

 BURNABY – The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness has developed from an informal group to become The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby.

“I am pleased to publicly announce the creation of The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby. The Society has been established by the multi-stakeholder Task Force to build sustainability, to provide leadership in the reduction and ultimately, resolution of homelessness in Burnaby,” states Society President Karen O’Shannacery.

Burnaby has few resources and no emergency shelter despite being the home community to an underestimated (58 converted to annual) homeless individuals and the 5th largest population of unsheltered homeless in Metro Vancouver.  Homelessness is life threatening health hazard; homeless people die between the ages of 40 and 49, and 48% die by accidental means.  In Burnaby, 34 residents have died since 2006 as a result of the long term effects of homelessness and extreme poverty.  The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby seeks to change this.

“The Society To End Homelessness in Burnaby is non-partisan and works with all to assist homeless Burnaby citizens. We believe that it is only with collaboration between the three levels of government and the regional health authority that every Burnaby citizen will receive the services and housing they need,” states Wanda Mulholland Community Development Coordinator.

The purposes of the Society are:

(a)        To identify and address issues of homelessness in Burnaby for the benefit of the community as a whole;

(b)        To foster coordinated and collaborative services to anyone who is homeless in Burnaby;

(c)        To increase community awareness of homelessness in Burnaby and support the finding of solutions;

(d)       To provide support services for people who are homeless;

(e)        To promote and design housing solutions for people living in poverty; and

(f)        To strive towards adequate income and the relief of poverty for all people through assisting people to   access financial services and adequate supports

For more information, please:

Visit the new Society website at

Join on Facebook,  The Society To End Homelessness In Burnaby

Follow on Twitter @burnabyhomeless,

Email at

Call at 604 317 8114

or Send Regular Mail to PO Box 54662, Highgate PO, Burnaby BC V5E 4J6




The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness was founded in 2005 bringing together Burnaby service and housing providers aiding local homeless, government, police, the health authority, businesses and Burnaby residents to collaboratively respond to and plan for the needs of individuals, families, youth and seniors who find themselves homeless in Burnaby.   The establishment of the Society To End Homelessness in Burnaby formalizes this successful cooperative approach to addressing local needs, and furthers to goal to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness in Burnaby.

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