getty photographer john moore, with the consent of those photographed, has been documenting the stories of people in colorado who, affected by the great recession, have been evicted from their homes.
moore tells the story of people like julie holzhauer, seen in the first photo, who was evicted after falling behind on the rent. her husband, john, a home building contractor, said he had lost up to 40 percent of his business because of the weak economy. her daughter, olivia (second photo) is seen waiting in the car as her parents figure out where they will go next and where they will store their things.
brandie barbiere, seen in the seventh photo, stopped making mortgage payments eleven months before her eviction when her home daycare lost more than half it’s business due to the recession. she was too ashamed to tell her husband, dan, a full time air conditioning distributor, who came home to find his family evicted, their household possessions removed to the front lawn and the home repossessed by the bank. their two children can be seen (eight photo) waiting in their now emptied bedroom.
harvey lesser, seen in the fourth and fifth photos, is a 58 year old unemployed software developer suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic back problems. he was evicted when he failed to make his rent payment the previous month. since being laid off by IBM, he has exhausted all of his savings, including retirement funds, for cost of living expenses and the $700 monthly payments for personal health insurance.
mary ann smith (fifth and sixth photos) and her husband had been paying their rent, but the the owner of the home stopped paying his mortgage despite collecting the rent. the bank foreclosed on the property and called the adams county sheriff’s department to supervise the eviction. the smith’s managed to eventually borrow enough money to rent another house for themselves and their four children, but not in time to avoid eviction.
since 2007, more than 5 million americans have lost their homes to foreclosure, and more than 14 million people have mortgages worth more than then the price of their homes.
the last photo was taken by todd cole for mike mill's “let’s be human beings”