Improving our Community

Ottumwa’s housing has long been a challenge, with nearly half of the housing stock being built prior to 1949, our community has one of the oldest housing stocks in the state. Along with the aging inventory of homes the average home value in Ottumwa is the lowest in the state with nearly 3/4 of our homes being valued at under $100,000. Rippling Waters intends to help improve these by working in the following areas

Improving Residential Neighborhoods

Through partnerships with other community organizations, we will take a holistic approach to improving our neighborhoods by renovating homes and removing blight

New Construction

We will strive to create new housing in our community. Our goal is to provide 1 to 3 new construction homes annually. We will achieve this through local construction and by acquiring homes from the Homes for Iowa Program

Affordable Rental Homes

Over the past 6 years, we have created 6 new upper story apartments in downtown Ottumwa. Many of these apartments are dedicated to families who qualify for affordable housing

Our Latest Projects

Apartments in Downtown Ottumwa, Iowa

Renovating 207 S Willard

Homes for Iowa

Revitalizing Vacant Lots

Meet our Staff

Holly Berg
Executive Director
hberg@ripplingwaters.org
641-954-0461