City Program Offers $10,000 Grants For New Single Family Homes

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A recently approved city program will provide grants for homebuilders building new single family homes.

According to a press release, the City of Ottumwa will now provide $10,000 to homebuilders or homeowners who complete a new single-family home. The Build Ottumwa program, approved by the City Council in June, will provide anyone building a new single-family home valued at least $125,000 a $10,000 economic development grant at the time a certificate of occupancy is issued. The Legacy Foundation contributed $150,000 to the program.

“We have housing needs in categories, but single-family has been the hardest to incentivize,These types of incentives have been very effective in other communities and we are eager to see the effect in Ottumwa.” Zach Simonson, Community Development Director

Grant applications are available with a building permit application in the Building and Code Enforcement Office at City Hall. Applications are open now and will be offered until all available funding has been awarded.

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