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Study: Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Mental Health Toll on Sandy Survivors

A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy — in the form of unfinished repairs, disputed claims, and recurrent mold — are associated with increased odds of Sandy-impacted residents experiencing mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and …

N.J. Files Eminent Domain Actions Against Beachfront Property Owners

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has begun legal proceedings to obtain land from beachfront property owners so the state can build dunes to protect against storms. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said on July 16 it filed …

Can Lower-Income Households Afford to Live at the Jersey Shore Anymore?

It was a Superstorm Sandy double-whammy. About 15,600 rental units in New Jersey sustained severe damage during the hurricane, forcing thousands of renters out of their homes. These newly homeless tenants quickly learned that they were priced out of the …

N.J. Gov. Christie Marks 300th Home Acquired Under Post-Sandy Program

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday more than 300 homes have now been acquired by the state under a post-Superstorm Sandy buyout program, as he blasted other homeowners for refusing to give the state the right to build protective …

Jersey Shore Still Recovering as 3rd Post-Sandy Summer Nears

In the months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned residents the damage would not be quickly undone. Things would only look moderately better in the first summer after the storm, he said, and …

New Jersey’s Sandy Victims Protest Pace of Rebuilding Aid Programs

Wendy Joan sported strips of red tape on her jeans and jacket to symbolize the delays she has encountered with New Jersey state agencies and joined other Superstorm Sandy victims Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, rallying to voice their frustration …

N.J. Senate Panel Passes Bill Aimed at Transparency in Sandy Aid

New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy would be owed a timeline detailing when state aid would be distributed under a bill advancing in the New Jersey Legislature. The state’s Senate budget committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that …

Participation Dwindles in Home Rebuilding Initiative in New Jersey

More than 15,000 homeowners, whose properties sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy, applied for acceptance into New Jersey’s largest rebuilding initiative, the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program. Now, almost two years after RREM began accepting applications, 8,300 remain engaged …

Housing Focus of Next Sandy Aid for New Jersey

Restoring housing and expanding a fund that finances thousands of affordable rental units for low- to moderate-income families will be how New Jersey spends most of what will likely be the final round of Superstorm Sandy relief money. New Jersey …

New Jersey OKs Storm Buyouts in East Brunswick

New Jersey has purchased the first of seven flood-damaged homes in East Brunswick under a Superstorm Sandy program. The home on Squire Street was purchased for $193,073, based on pre-Sandy market values from an independent appraisal. Because the neighborhood is …