Josie Huang Correspondent
Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. Huang previously reported and produced for KPCC's Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show. She is a former reporter and co-host of the evening drive-time news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she reported for dailies in Maine and Massachusetts. Assignments have taken her to Central America’s largest dump, a coastal Mississippi town recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the US-Canada border, which American seniors were crossing to buy cheaper prescription drugs. She grew up in Taiwan and Maryland, and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Stories by Josie Huang
Residents at Skid Row's Madison Hotel say the cheap rent has kept them off the streets. Now they're suing their landlord as conditions in the building have worsened.
Most of the candidates running for city council are against teardowns and the construction of bigger, taller houses. Longtime residents and newcomers, many from China, are split.
The county will launch the plan with $20 million in 2016, and ramp up funding each year. By the year 2020, it will spend $100 million annually on affordable housing.
The fees would be used to build and preserve low-cost apartment units in LA to keep low-income residents from becoming homeless.
Last month, the county supervisors boosted funding for the homeless by $50 million. A new proposal would channel another $100 million into low-cost housing projects.
Sec. Julian Castro came to hear from local officials about LA county's rising homeless population. Some told him they disagree with how HUD doles out federal money.
More than 300 people turned out in Little Tokyo to bash the sale of Keiro retirement and nursing homes, saying it violates a culture that venerates their elders.
Japanese-Americans who are protesting the sale say they're worried the new owner will raise rents and won't understand the cultural needs of residents.
A state law would have given landlords tax credits for retrofitting, but the governor vetoed it over the weekend. L.A. leaders say tenants and landlords will likely split the costs.
The new law gives landlords 7 years to reenforce their apartment buildings. City leaders still need to decide how the costs will be split between tenants and landlords.
The mandate would give landlords seven years to reinforce wooden apartment buildings with "soft" first floors, so they better withstand future earthquakes.
As L.A. city officials weigh new rules for short-term rentals, they'll join Hollywood-area residents tonight to get feedback. It's the second of three listening sessions.
Over the past decade, DTLA has drawn young professionals and families who now call it home. But with homelessness on the rise, some are thinking of moving out.
The city of Los Angeles is preparing to develop rules on short-term rentals and is taking public feedback at three “listening sessions” this week. The first will be held tonight at Mar Vista.
As the city works on a $100 million homelessness initiative, some are calling for faster solutions. The council will vote to declare an emergency next month.