Tracking Housing Recovery in Sea Bright, NJ and the Relationship to Infrastructure Renewal

Understanding how a community is recovering from a disaster is critical to being able to make investments in transportation infrastructure. This project is a follow up study to a 2014 study that looked at the recovery process in Sea Bright, New Jersey. While small (both in terms of population and area), Sea Bright is representative of many small coastal communities in the mid-Atlantic. The survey results documented in this report are based on a survey mailed to Sea Bright residents in late 2015. The results indicate that approximately 83% of the homes of respondents have been repaired or replaced compared with 62% fourteen to seventeen months earlier. While progress is being made, residents are finding the recovery process lengthy, and complex. Many respondents expressed dissatisfaction with both programs and organizations, and some reported that it is taking a toll on their health. However, overall, the respondents from Sea Bright show a strong sense of community and attachment to place. The survey results also showed that the demographic profile of the community has not changed, and respondents’ perceptions of risk have not changed significantly.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Delaware, Newark

    Disaster Research Center, 87 East Main Street
    Newark, DE  United States  19716

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McNeil, Sue
    • Trainor, Joseph
    • Greer, Alex
    • Jahan, Israt
    • Li, Qiuxi
  • Publication Date: 2017-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 91p

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  • Accession Number: 01637016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAIT-UTC-063
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC16
  • Created Date: May 31 2017 9:31AM