Founded in 1956, and chartered in January, 1957, the Home Builders Association of Dothan & The Wiregrass Area has continued to support housing affairs and residential construction in the Dothan area. Chartered with four counties, Houston, Henry, Barbour and Dale, a satellite chapter was established for Eufaula, Abbeville and Headland.
The focus of the Home Builders Association is providing support for safe, affordable housing with financing available for all income levels. This is accomplished by overseeing professional building standards and adequate flow of building materials. With an eye toward governmental affairs, the Association monitors all legislation that has an impact on housing, on the local, state and national levels. Opportunities for continuing education is available for the prospective home buyer and the building industry from both the state and national offices.
Other goals are implementing benevolent projects in the community, such as assistance to Boy’s Clubs, Girl’s Clubs. Boy and Girl Scouting, Dothan Vocation Center, Wallace Technical School, Red Cross, Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity, Vaughn-Blumberg Center, Wiregrass Children’s Home, Botanical Gardens, Food Bank and other agencies.
A scholarship loan program was begun in the early sixties through the construction and sale of a house built and sold to fund the low-interest loans for students who need help with attaining a four-year degree. There are currently a number of students attending college under this program. The Association is also involved in vocational training, in order to assure an adequate workforce for the future of construction.
Parade of Homes showcases the latest in housing and is held annually to offer a large number of spec houses to the home-buying public. The realization that the residential builders are developers of the community keeps the membership mindful of the variety of needs for all, the responsibility to produce a quality product done by professionals.