Housing Study

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.


Gap financing

Create pool of funding to address the gap between costs and values.


Neighborhood/community campaign

Build “ownership,” hope, and pride at the neighborhood level.


Workforce development

Without the workforce to build or renovate housing little movement can be made.