History of Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge
The CRBA was founded in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1953, by about 6 residential contractors who knew that their voice was louder and stronger as a group rather than individuals.
The association's initial goals were to stop some of the unnecessary regulations being imposed on the industry that caused the cost of housing to increase. They also wanted the opportunity to stay on top of the best practices for residential construction. For the past 60+ years, those goals have not changed.
Originally the group was called the Home Builders & Apartment Association of Greater Baton Rouge and was located in a corner of a builder’s office in downtown. Later, office space was rented and more members joined the association. After a few more moves, the leadership purchased a lot and built the beautiful building where CRBA is today. The name was changed to Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge in 1997. The goal of many members and the staff is to move to a location where larger meetings and classrooms could be available.
Today's CRBA in Baton Rouge
Since those early days, CRBA has grown to be Louisiana’s largest Home Builders Association. Our jurisdiction covers 9 parishes including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana, with over 1000 members, representing over ten-thousand people employed in the construction industry.
CRBA offers specialty membership affiliations through the Membership Committee, Remodelers Council, Sales & Marketing Council, and several special events committees. Over 400 members participate annually on these councils.
How CRBA Gives Back to Our Community
The Capital Region Builders Foundation (CRBF), a charitable philanthropic arm of CRBA, was established in 2008 and has built homes to benefit St. Jude Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. CRBF also partnered with Homes for Our Troops to build an accessible home for a local veteran who was severely injured in Afghanistan. In 2015, CRBF built a beautiul home in Green Trails to help The Capital Area United Way. The 2016 Home for Good is currently underway and we feel it will be the most successul and will benefit Woman's Hospital and their outreach programs.
With a Community Development Block grant from the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, Capital Region Builders Foundation and Home Builders Institute have partnered to provide career training in the building trades to at-risk teens. Graduates can earn a certificate that proves to employers they have skills they need to be successful on the job.