VLJ In the News: The Long Road Home, a Report on the Recovery Process after Superstorm Sandy


VLJ contributed to a recent report on the challenges of the recovery process after Superstorm Sandy.  The report, “The Long Road Home,” analyzed the results of a survey taken by over 500 Sandy survivors between October 2016 and February 2017.  The survey found that 22% of respondents were still out of their homes at the time of the survey; that 77% of respondents either did not have enough money to finish rebuilding their homes or needed to rely on or to borrow from sources such as retirement or other savings, SBA loans, and credit card debt; and that more than 70% of respondents had developed new physical or mental health problems or a worsening of pre-existing health conditions since Sandy.  The report also details several policy recommendations for ensuring that individuals and communities can more easily recover from future natural disasters.  VLJ Staff Attorney Jessica Limbacher, one of the reports’ authors, said, “One of the most important things we have learned – and which this survey confirms – is that people need ongoing assistance, even now five years later.”  The report and its findings have been noted in the Star Ledger, the SandpaperNews 12 New Jersey, NJ Spotlight, CBS New York, the Asbury Park Press, and the New York Times.  The full report is available here: http://www.newjerseyrp.org/the-long-road-home.html