Since 2015, ASCHA has been known as the “Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association” as part of its 50th Anniversary rebranding. On June 2, 2020, during ASCHA’s 55th Annual General Meeting, a motion was passed by ASCHA’s membership with a resounding 85% support to amend the association’s bylaws so that the association could represent our members’ community housing in addition to their seniors housing portfolios.
The inclusion of community housing in ASCHA’s bylaws, which were officially filed on June 6, 2020, allows ASCHA to bring not only seniors housing issues forward with one-voice action, but also represent the full spectrum of housing options our members offer. The newly filed bylaws can be accessed here. Community housing providers will now have a fully resourced association to offer services and support to their operations and advocacy, as part of our three-year strategic plan.
The remainder of 2020 will be focused on research and exploration as the association consults with its members and key stakeholders to identify the priorities and needs of Alberta’s community housing providers. With this information and data, ASCHA will make informed decisions and chart a course to advocate for our members’ full housing offerings that call for housing reform, innovation, and efficiencies.
To reflect the adoption of a more inclusive direction for the association, the name of the Association was changed by a member vote to “The Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association.” (ASCHA). Our new name is now proudly reflected in our branding.
ASCHA is dedicated to co-creating a future for seniors and community housing with its members and the broader sector, working with government and stakeholders in transformative, bold ways. We recognize the hard work of our Board in setting the course for this important work, and applaud our members for taking this giant leap forward to do the right thing for everyone they serve.
We look ahead with hope and optimism for what the future of seniors and community housing will offer to Albertans.