The SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association (SSHBA) is a professional organization representing and promoting the interest and advancement of the home building industry. We as the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association along with the Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) strive to provide a forum to support the industry through proactive leadership and education.
The association promotes high standards, professionalism and service within the building industry and supports the American dream of home ownership by
- Being the unified voice for building industry issues
- Promoting political involvement and awareness
- Providing educational programs, services, activities, and networking opportunities
The roots of the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association date back to 1946 when the basis of the organization was formed to represent the housing industry. Most recently, in January 2009, the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association merged with the Will-Grundy Counties Home Builders & Associates. The membership of today’s Association is governed by a President elected from the builder members and a Board of Directors consisting of over twenty dedicated builders and associates. The SSHBA currently represents over 200 industry members in the South and Southwest suburbs of Chicago, making it one of the top three builder associations based on membership in the state of Illinois.
Networking with Local and National Affiliations
The SSHBA represents a strong local network of over 200 builder and associate members. By joining SSHBA, you automatically receive a membership in the Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) with a membership of over 2000 and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) which is over 170,000 members strong. All of these forces join together forming a unified voice on difficult issues impacting the building industry. NAHB membership provides a strong foundation for business success through access to business and industry related products, services and staff experts.
Recognition and Product Exposure
Get involved and you get noticed. Get noticed and you gain sales and profits. Participation in the SSHBA activities such as Membership Meetings, 500 Club Associate Showcase & Raffle Event, Spring & Fall Golf Outings and Special Events provides publicity for you and your company before potential clients. This broadens your base of business associates. Backed by the Association name and credibility, you are steps ahead of the competition. Association affiliation promotes and strengthens your credibility and professionalism.
Education, Publications, and Information
The vast amount of changing information in today’s market makes education critical to staying competitive. SSHBA provides seminars and publications to keep you on the cutting edge of technology. Speakers at general membership meetings address issues such as economic trend forecasts, business management, building codes, technology and finance. Membership in the Association also entitles you to information access through NAHB and their National Housing Library and Westlaw legal research system. In addition, the NAHB Annual Convention & Trade Show is the industry’s largest featuring over 170 seminars and almost half a million square feet of product exhibits.
Legislation and Representation
Nothing can impact your business more than legislation. The SSHBA endeavors to take as proactive a role as possible to monitor local and state legislation that directly impacts the housing industry. The NAHB, of which you are also a member, monitors federal legislation. Collectively we work to be able to have an impact with legislators and on legislation affecting housing. We may choose to support candidates of any party for governmental offices as well.
The Governmental Affairs Committee is dedicated to managing this process for our members. The SSHBA has been instrumental in effecting code revisions such as the change to plastic plumbing pipe in Orland Park. A Municipal Outreach Program has been initiated to open dialogue between local builders and municipal officials. Many times these officials do not understand the potential ramifications to housing if certain laws or policies are passed. We work to create a positive reputation and working relationship with all lawmakers and only ask for an audience so we may explain our side of an issue.
In 2005, the Southwest Suburban Homebuilders Association Political Action Committee (SSHA PAC) was formed to promote awareness about housing issues and to support candidates, officials, and causes that advocate home ownership. We strive to keep safe the process of planning and approving new housing developments and the process of physically constructing each home without excessive fees and red tape. Funds raised will help the SSHA become more politically active and influential with local and state officials.
On the state level, the Illinois Home Builders Political Education Committee (IHBPEC) has been providing the housing industry with a voice in government through the support of elected officials and candidates committed to the future of the housing industry in Illinois. The political affiliate of the Home Builders Association of Illinois, IHBPEC is the only statewide political action committee that specifically represents the building industry. Funds raised by IHBPEC are contributed to those political candidates for the state legislature and executive branch who have demonstrated their interest, understanding and support of the housing industry without regard to party affiliation. By supporting state lawmakers who craft and pass builder-friendly legislation, IHBPEC saves your business thousands of dollars. IHBPEC is dedicated to fostering a builder-friendly climate in Illinois so quality, affordable housing can be provided to all citizens in Illinois. HBAI was also instrumental in effecting passage of the Model Home Tax Assessment Act, which provides Illinois homebuilders property tax relief on model homes. On the national level, the NAHB Build-Pac Action Committee contributes to political campaigns advocating housing and supports NAHB’s legislative agenda.