Homes for The Taking: Liens, Loss and Profiteers
Organisation: The Washington Post (United States)
Publication Date: 06/05/2014
Description** This project won the DJA 2014 in the category : Best data-driven investigation ** In the nation's capital, a century-old program designed to recoup taxes morphed into a predatory system of debt collection for aggressive investors who took hundreds of homes over debts as small as $44, then flipped them for millions. In 2013, The Washington Post probed this under-the-radar industry, revealing how a series of troubled investors turned $500 delinquencies into insurmountable debts. A word from the jury of the Data Journalism Awards 2014 : 'In a tightly competitive category with highly praised work, we found Homes for The Taking to be epitome of what this category sought to honor: enterprising investigative journalism stemming from in-depth analysis of data and extensive on-the-ground reporting. The work had a significant impact and held officials accountable'.
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