Mystic Island Voluntary Buyout Scenarios

At a Glance:

Location: Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey

Date: 2016

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, nutrition, infectious diseases, belonging and civic muscle, meaningful work and wealth, parks, clean water, physical activity, Extreme weather events

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research, Survey, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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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.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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