Homelessness co-ordinator position at City of Abbotsford filled

Dena Kae Beno joins city to focus on homelessness issues

Abbotsford has appointed a new homeless co-ordinator.

Abbotsford has appointed a new homeless co-ordinator.

The city has appointed Dena Kae Beno to the position of homelessness co-ordinator for the City of Abbotsford, starting on April 27.

Beno has been the affordable housing co-ordinator for over five years for the City of Richmond. She has managed their homelessness and affordable housing portfolio, including capital projects, policy development and the Richmond Homelessness Coalition facilitation.

The city announced the creation of the homelessness co-ordinator position following recommendations made by the civic task force on homelessness last year.

A city report stated that the intent is not to replicate the work done by local service providers, but to liaise with government, non-profits and other stakeholders, as well as seek funding sources for the city.

Beno brings collaborative leadership, community planning expertise, and strategic vision gained during her 23 year career in housing, construction, urban and community development with all levels of government, diverse sectors, communities, and vulnerable populations, according to a city press release.

She attained both her master’s degree in sociology/anthropology and her bachelor’s degree in geography with a focus on socio-cultural planning from Simon Fraser University.