Greetings SAHBA Members:

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe. Second, while the coronavirus has changed the way SAHBA and its member companies do business, we are all quickly adapting. For over 65 years, SAHBA has provided its membership a strong and prominent voice in the regulation of the home building industry. This has not changed. We remain committed to delivering on our mission, while offering needed options for staying connected and rebounding on the other side of current events.

Third, we are producing this new email communication, SAHBA News You Can Use , a listing of news impacting our members, updates to items we are tracking and helpful resources - all in a concise and easy to navigate format.     There will be no prescribed schedule, as the goal is to offer a quick glance at updates and resources as they develop.

Finally, thank you for your ongoing support. Please reach out and let us know how we can best serve you.

David Godlewski
John Ward
2020 Chairman of the Board
Government Affairs, Ongoing and Pending – A government service delivery listing for our members. Click here for updates on permitting, inspections and political meetings, etc., currently being monitored.

Housing Construction Defined as Essential - Earlier today, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order prohibiting closure of essential services which includes housing construction and public works construction.

New Laws and Guidelines for Employers – While the situation remains fluid, implications on member companies is felt in real time. Click on these helpful links with the latest information: Families First Coronavirus Response Act ; Federal WARN Act applicability ; and Furloughs, Reductions in Force, and Alternatives

Service to our Community – Your help is needed in collecting PPE (personal protection equipment) for health care providers who are on the front lines treating COVID-19. The largest supply of masks OUTSIDE of medicine is the construction / painting / building industry. Click here for steps on how to help or email for assistance.

In addition, according to the Red Cross there is a severe shortage of blood and donations are needed urgently. Please support the Tucson Association of Realtors blood drive on March 30. Click here for details. 

NAHB response to COVID-19 – CEO Jerry Howard, Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin and Chief Economist Rob Dietz hosted an interactive town hall on how NAHB is responding to the Coronavirus. Click here to view.

Membership is More Critical than Ever - Growing membership and supporting member to member business ensures our voice grows louder. It is through our collective strength that we will help one another and leverage our influence for the greater good.
Members Doing Business with Members (and the public) – SAHBA is working on specific ways to help members connect with other members and the public. It is key we try to support other SAHBA companies. Click here for the member directory.

Business Groups Working Together – SAHBA actively supporting the Tucson Metro Chamber and other Southern Arizona business groups to provide a resource page for
area businesses.

Planning for Councils and Committees – Our Councils and Committees provide a valuable resource for news, information and networking. While we might not be able to meet in person for the foreseeable future, we are exploring ways to re-create this experience in a virtual setting. Stay tuned for updates.
T he Status of the Spring Home Show – We intentionally chose to “indefinitely postpone” the April Home Show to have the flexibility to pick another date, however, the situation is changing so rapidly and it makes picking a date for a rescheduled event nearly impossible. We have not ruled anything out and are currently exploring other options to meet the needs of exhibitors and our loyal customers.

How Long Will It Last – The term “flatten the curve” has become commonplace in our lexicon. While this is the goal, we don’t now the timeline to achieve it. SAHBA is presently looking at an 8-week horizon where we continue to provide services and facilitate business, but in a different way than we’ve done in the past.

Financial Relief – A question that is routinely being discussed and evaluated by business leaders and elected officials – at all levels – is whether there will be policy measures implemented that aid businesses. Here are a couple of helpful articles: SBA Loans and Government Assistance Contracts .

I mpact on Home Building & Broader Economy – Single family permits were projected to increase in 2020. The coronavirus will undoubtedly have some effect on the housing market and the broader economy but how much is unknown at this time. Click here for an initial analysis.
  1. Follow us on social media: Facebook and Instagram
  2. Do business with fellow SAHBA members
  3. Work with us to explore new ways of providing services
  4. Extend kindness
  5. Take all the appropriate measures being recommended for safety