Ottumwa Announces Home Improvement Incentive Program


The City of Ottumwa is continuing an exterior home improvement incentive program for the second year.

The Blocks to Neighborhoods program will reimburse property owners up to $2,500 for exterior property upgrades. In addition, the program hopes to strengthen neighborhoods by bringing at least three neighbors together to complete the improvement projects.

“This program is about making a difference block-by-block. Projects on a neighborhood scale create a transformative change. We expect to see a magnified impact beyond what we would get from a project on just one property.” City of Ottumwa Community Development Director Zach Simonson

Applications will be reviewed through a competitive grant process, with weight given to the location of properties, the number of neighbors participating, and the overall impact of exterior upgrades. If selected, residents will receive a 2-to-1 reimbursement for approved exterior upgrades to their property. Reimbursement will be provided to property owners after completing their project.

The Legacy Foundation has awarded $40,000 to the City to support the program, increasing their initial budget from $60,000 to $100,000 over two years. “We are excited to provide continued support to the Blocks to Neighborhoods program, which offers a remarkable opportunity for homeowners to enhance their properties. For every $1 invested by homeowners, the program will provide an additional $2,” stated Kelly Genners, President of the Legacy Foundation.

Applications for the program will be accepted by the City of Ottumwa from June 2 – June 30. Approved projects will be notified by July 13.

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