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Mon April 14, 2014
Tampa Bay Times Wins Pulitzer for Local Reporting
The Tampa Bay Times has won a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into the squalid conditions of Hillsborough County's homeless housing program.
The Times' award was among the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes announced at Columbia University on Monday.
The paper received a tip from a homeless man that the Tampa Port Authority chairman operated a squalid trailer park for the homeless.
Reporters Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia discovered that county officials were paying millions of dollars to slumlords to house the homeless. In one case, the reporters revealed the county sent sick and dying homeless to an assisted living facility so dangerous the state had taken its license.
The Port Authority chairman resigned. Hillsborough County acknowledged the problems and says it turned the homeless housing funding and operations over to nonprofits.
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