SAHBA News You Can Use – 03.27.20

WHAT WE KNOW
Government Affairs – Click here  for the latest report on how government agencies and officials are responding to COVID-19 and the effect on services to the building industry. For those who have not seen it, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order defining Essential Services which includes housing construction.

Effective April 1: New Water Meter Sizing Guidelines Marana – SAHBA has been working with Marana Water to get the new guidelines in place which in some cases will reduce fees.

Resources for Employers – Locally, the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce has partnered with other business groups, including SAHBA, and launched a comprehensive Resource Page for employers. The State of Arizona has also launched a website with info for employers and the public. SAHBA member Snell & Wilmer has also published several helpful articles

We All Need Some Good News! – Join us as we congratulate SAHBA members continuing to do their part during this unprecedented time #TucsonStrong #TucsonTogether:


Send your good news to share to kathy@sahba.org

NAHB Update
  – Every SAHBA member is also a member of NAHB, which allows you to access all the information and resources they provide regarding the national response to COVID-19. Resources include: Construction Job Site Guidance , Changes in the Supply Chain , Family Leave Law

 
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON
Progress on PPE’s but More Needed – On Tuesday, SAHBA dropped off over 150 masks and 130 pair of eyewear (special thanks to D.R. Horton and trade partners ) that will be delivered to local healthcare working on the front lines. Click  here  for steps on how to help or email david@sahba.org   for assistance.

Remodelers Council Going Virtual – As you know, the SABHA offices are currently closed, but in an effort to keep us all connected, the April Remodelers’ Council meeting will be LIVE online. In addition to Council updates , Snell & Wilmer will be highlighting the SBA Emergency Loan for small businesses. The meeting runs from Noon – 1PM on April 1st and is open to all members. We encourage you to show your support and join us for SAHBA’s first virtual Council meeting. Click here to attend.

Business-to-Business Networking Group Will Continue
 – The Business Referral Exchange (BRE) will host its April 7 meeting virtually. BRE participants highlight their companies and share business referrals. If you are looking to network and develop leads, this is the meeting for you. Click here to attend as a BRE member or guest

WHAT’S PENDING

Turn the Tables POSTPONED – We are disappointed to announce the postponement of this important annual event, but remain confident that when it does happen, it will be an important step in the rebound for our builders, trade partners and associate members. Stay tuned…

Fall Home Show Planning Underway, Spring Home Show Options Still Pending
 – The Home Show Team continues to explore options for showcasing Spring exhibitors’ products and services to our S. AZ consumers. Phone calls continue to spring exhibitors to review current options and gather feedback. Looking towards the Fall –
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
The 2020 SAHBA Fall Home Show will be returning to the Tucson Convention Center OCTOBER 2-4, 2020.

OUR REQUESTS TO YOU

Utilize SAHBA.org to Develop Your Business – Every member can fill a job need, list a member-to-member business opportunity or promote a HOT DEAL. Log in through your company’s Member Information Center (MIC) and get started. Need help? Try one of these quick and easy Member instructional videos :

  • How To Update Company Profile
  • How to Update Personal Profile
  • How to Post a Hot Deal
  • How to Add a Job Posting
Still lost? Email  kathy@sahba.org   for assistance.

Real-Time Updates Posted on Social Media
 – We will be using FaceBook and Instagram to post real-time updates and news so if you’re not already, be sure to follow us!

DON’T FORGET….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.

 

 

SAHBA News You Can Use – 03.23.20

WHAT WE KNOW
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 ActFederal 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 david@sahba.org 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.

WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON
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.

WHAT’S PENDING

The 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.

Impact 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.


OUR REQUESTS TO YOU

  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


SAHBA RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The health and safety of our members and staff is paramount. Our team continues to diligently monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and take appropriate steps to minimize the impact the virus poses both within our association and the community we serve. This includes rescheduling or canceling events and taking every precautionary measure advised by public health experts.

Please note the following updates:

  • The Spring Home Show scheduled for April 3-5 has been indefinitely postponed.
  • All committee or other organizational meetings scheduled to take place at the SAHBA office have been canceled, through Friday, April 10.
  • Traditional office hours may be affected. Please call in advance of visiting our office. We are open for business but may be working remotely.
  • We are monitoring local building departments for closures that affect our members and will notify our members immediately if we hear of closures that may disrupt operations.
  • We deeply appreciate your support and patience.

 

During this challenging time, we want to reassure our members that we remain steadfast in our role to support member companies and the broader real estate, development and construction industry. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions to info@sahba.org or 520.795.5114.