With the pandemic raging, San Francisco Public Press and Nina Sparling focused on the most vulnerable renters in the nation’s most expensive housing markets, people living in subsidized housing. Her stories focus on their risk of eviction and displacement. In a continuing investigation, Sparling’s reporting has revealed that city officials have known for years about poor living conditions in one public housing development and that the company that built the complex twenty years ago is seeking federal approval to demolish and rebuild it. Her stories have also examined the limits of local and state eviction moratoria.
The reporting team includes data journalist Frank Bass and research assistants Ande Richards and Imran Ali Malik, who are students at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program.