Children lie in an empty living room as an eviction team removes their family's furniture during a home foreclosure on October 5 in Milliken, Colorado. The owners had stopped making mortgage payments some 11 months before, and the bank took possession of their home, according to Getty.
Foreclosures began to slow last fall when problems surfaced with the ways some lenders were handling paperwork, according to the AP. In response, many of the country's largest banks temporarily ceased all foreclosures.
But now the number of first-time default notices being issued has increased, AP reports, signalling renewed activity that could soon see an uptick in the number of active foreclosures.
Why We Love It
"I found the overall mood of this photograph striking. With the eerie light and the children's helpless posture, it makes a strong visual representation of the desolation and messiness of the foreclosure crisis in the United States."—Dawn Deeks, associate photo editor
"This image could be a modern-day version of the documentary photography of the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. A family displaced, with nowhere to go—the innocent children left with only the uncertainty of tomorrow."—Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor