Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative

From Left to Right: Aaron Burnett, Melinda Boyer, Shelley Oltmans, Tim Peevler, Kerry Klepfer and Mike Norris

About The Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative

The Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings people and resources together to develop, build and preserve caring, quality Keokuk neighborhoods where everyone belongs. The Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative will purchase foreclosed or devastated properties and then renovate them, creating additional new development and safe, affordable housing options in some of Keokuk’s most challenged neighborhoods. The Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative is an innovative collaboration between the City of Keokuk, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

Gift from Roquette

In 2017, Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative received $35,000 from Roquette, Inc. The gift will support the Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative efforts to revitalize existing Keokuk neighborhoods and increase the diversity and availability of housing in Keokuk. Read the press article here.

Goals of The Keokuk Neighborhood Initiative

  • Preserve the historic and residential character of neighborhoods and communities in Keokuk.

  • Access to affordable, stable, safe, and high-quality housing, neighborhoods, and communities in Keokuk.

  • Diversification of housing options and increased availability.

  • Strengthening of real estate markets and property values.

  • Use of existing public infrastructure, lowering costs of public services.

  • Generation of more property tax revenue per acre.

  • Increased sustainability of existing neighborhoods and communities.

  • Stimulates private investment in neighborhoods and overall community.