Mystic Island Voluntary Buyout Scenarios
- Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
- Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; New Jersey Future; and Little Egg Harbor Township
Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, in partnership with New Jersey Future and Little Egg Harbor Township, will complete an HIA to assess the potential health implications of a coordinated voluntary buyout strategy in the Mystic Island area, which was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Buyout programs use federal funds to help homeowners sell storm-damaged homes in flood-prone areas. The township’s Strategic Recovery Planning Report will contain, and a subcommittee will consider, a recommendation to explore coordinated buyout strategies for flood-prone Mystic Island. The HIA is expected to examine the potential health effects of continued exposure to flooding and changes in neighborhood cohesion as well as the health-related economic impact of various buyout strategies.
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