ASCHA's Principled Advocacy Positions, are the overarching philosophies ASCHA brings to every advocacy discussion and action. The principled positions are not political statements, but rather general messaging ASCHA puts forth to reflect the collective culture of its members, regardless of the issue or topic at hand. These principled positions were formed within the context of a one-voice approach from our membership, and are to be used to communicate a consistent message provincially, regionally and locally.

Objective of Principled Advocacy Positions
To outline the long-term interests of ASCHA members and frame all advocacy efforts to address housing issues according to overarching values and principles of ASCHA’s membership, advocacy must respond to and reflect ASCHA’s core values.

Definition of Principled Advocacy Positions
For ASCHA, principled positions respond to objective realities in our sector, not individualized member perceptions of an issue. Principled positions are part of an overarching ethical framework, and communicate a statement of “how things should be.” Principled positions focus on larger ideas that can easily be agreed upon by most.

  1. LIVING WELL IN COMMUNITY Albertans require access to flexible community supports because each individual, senior, and/or family is unique. 'Living Well in Community' provides a wide range of options with integrated person-directed services and supports for overall wellbeing. A range of housing options must be available as a building block to healthy communities, where everyone has the opportunity for stability and contribution. 

  2. HOUSING FOCUS Safe, appropriate, stable, and affordable housing is a basic human need that must be prioritized within the decisions of government, businesses, and community leaders. It is only when housing needs are met that a person/family can receive the integrated supports and services they require to maintain wellness and stability. 

  3. PERSON-DIRECTED CHOICE ‘Person-Directed Choice’ empowers an individual, senior, or family to express their needs and preferences in housing and service options.