Our Mission

The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) advocates for public policies and develops activities and services that advance the home building industry.


SAHBA is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. SAHBA represents the industry and members in the Pima County area including the City of Tucson, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley and Town of Sahuarita. SAHBA also serves as well as Cochise County and Santa Cruz County. Further, SAHBA advocates for member interests at the State and Federal levels.


New home construction is one of the key driving forces to the area’s economic well-being. SAHBA is the voice of the industry dealing with critical issues like sufficient water supplies, environmental regulations, government impact fees and taxation, public funding support for transportation and other basic services impacting positive growth.

Our Early History


After World War II, Tucson noted for its warm, desert climate and beautiful mountains became a highly desirable place to live. Demand for housing escalated.

The Tucson Home Builders Association was founded in 1952 by Charlie Wilson, Robert Lusk and Irv Buchman. Red Hirsch was the organization’s first president, working for 15 charter members out of Wilson’s office on South Sidney Avenue.

The association’s founders sought a strong, unified voice at the city, county and state level. They envisioned a pro- active industry organization that served the community as well.

In 1961 the organization changed its name to the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA). Today SAHBA serves over 350 members.

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