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Rural housing development grants allow some Keokuk residents to remodel their homes

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Do you have a roof that's falling apart? Or is the siding on your house less than desirable to look at?

There may be free money out there for you to make those updates.

Expanding this rehabilitation program was one of the main topics discussed at the first day of the tri-state housing summit in Keokuk Wednesday.

Amy Mead's house in Keokuk has just been updated and she's now proud to call it home.

But Mead says it wasn't always that way.

"We especially wanted to get a new roof and siding. We had a peachy, orange color in our house and it was really bad. Tiles were falling off and stuff," said Mead.

Mead says they wouldn't have been able to accomplish the renovations without a housing rehabilitation grant offered through the city.

Keokuk mayor Tom Marion says the purpose is to give lower income families an opportunity to make much needed improvements to their homes.

"Help the individual owners take pride in their house. You know if you fix your house up and maybe take a little more pride. Maybe somebody in the neighborhood will say Wow look at so and so's house. Let's fix ours," said Marion.

Marion says as a part of the grant the city had to designate an eligible area.

The boundaries are from 7th to 13th Streets from Johnson to Carroll.

Mead says she is in love with where she lives now and wants others to know it's not an impossible dream.

"I would recommend it. Anybody who wants their house to be nice and a lot of people can't afford it. A lot of people make minimum wage and can't get it done," said Mead.

 

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