The Ottumwa Housing Study uses community outreach and market analysis to help understand the vision and needs of the community and serves as a roadmap for improving housing in Ottumwa.
Strategic Housing Goals
Need to ramp up a non-profit developer like Rippling Waters
Need to fill the gap where the private market can’t be successful or the risks area or appear to be too great.
Provide incentives for medium density infill development
Give developers the tools, incentives, and easy approval processes necessary to make this product marketable.
Create pool of funding to address the gap between costs and values.
Build “ownership,” hope, and pride at the neighborhood level.
Without the workforce to build or renovate housing little movement can be made.