Harnessing the AP’s national, multi-format footprint, a team of journalists across the United States produced an exclusive series of evocative personal vignettes portraying the struggle people faced to make their first rent payment since the economic collapse. Contributing photographers were: Charles Rex Arbogast, Chicago; Ross Franklin, Phoenix; and Elise Amendola, Boston. Reporting and editing were: Travis Loller, Nashville; Kathleen Foody, Chicago; Michael Kunzelman, College Park, Md.; Anita Snow, Phoenix; Jim Salter, St. Louis; Aaron Morrison, New York; Sudhin Thanawala, Atlanta; Regina Garcia Cano, Baltimore; Jeffrey Collins, Columbia, S.C.; and Michael Casey, Concord, NH.

The enterprise package received strong play and unusually long engagement times with readers.