Program to provide relief assistance in response to storms

Applications can also be found at

Jackie Peters
Jackie Peters
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ALEXANDRIA — Members of the Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors and Minnesota Realtors, with assistance from the Realtors Relief Foundation, have announced a program that provides relief assistance in response to the tornado and storms that resulted in widespread property damage in the Douglas County Area on May 12 and May 30.

On May 12, two significant storms hit the Douglas County Area damaging more than 56 homes and destroying two. A few weeks later, on May 30, another series of strong storms damaged more than 100 homes and destroyed at least 29.

The Greater Alexandria Area Association and Minnesota Realtors have successfully applied to the Realtors Relief Foundation to provide financial relief to those impacted by these natural disasters.

In response to the unforeseen burdens that these residents are forced to face, the Realtors Relief Foundation has $100,000 available for individuals and families directly affected by the storms and tornadoes that reside within the State of Emergency Zone as declared by in Douglas County.

Financial assistance will be provided to cover one month’s rent or mortgage payment for qualified applicants in an amount of up to $1,200 per household until the available funds are fully allocated.


Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors President Mike Munson expressed sympathy for those who involuntarily face enormous challenges brought on by this devasting weather event.

“I know I am not alone in conveying our heartfelt support to those impacted by these tragedies," he said in a press release. "The Realtors Relief Foundation is an important aspect of the Realtor mission to support those communities that we live and work in. We hope these efforts, combined with those of other humanitarian groups, aid in a swift recovery for the people of Douglas County.”

Apply for Assistance

Eligible applicants are those directly affected by the Douglas County storms on May 12 or 30, and have a primary residence in the county. GAAAR is taking part in the Douglas County Storm Recovery Center event on Thursday, July 7 from 2-7 p.m. at the Douglas County Administration Building located at 821 Cedar St.

Volunteers will be available to help you apply. Please bring the following:

1. Photo identification to show proof of residency (i.e. driver's license or other governmental documentation evidencing residency).

2. Copy of mortgage statement, mortgage payment coupon, rent statement or lease agreement.

One of the following is required to show proof of damage to your primary residence:

  • Photos of damages.
  • Insurance Estimate.
  • Copies of written claims, settlement proceeds or claim status reports.
  • Copies of repair estimates from contractors.

Applications can also be found at . Send the completed application and all required documentation to


Contact Heather Smith-Ahrens, CEO GAAAR, at 320-762-2022 with any questions or to complete the Realtors Relief Foundation Application.

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