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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.

Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.

Rina came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.

Palta is a graduate of Haverford College and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she's a world-class eater and aspiring surfer.


Stories by Rina Palta

LA officials poised to spend $1.2 billion on homeless housing

L.A. city leaders, flush with $1.2 billion in voter-approved bonds for homeless housing, are now trying to figure out how to spend the money as quickly as possible.

Homeless programs squeezed by LA rental market

L.A.'s tight rental market is slowing programs that aim to get homeless people off the streets quickly. Public agencies are looking for work-arounds.

How to survive cancer while homeless

Finding a place to get some rest between chemo and radiation treatments wasn't easy for Arthur Lowden, until he found a county program targeted at the most ill homeless.

New LA city rules limit where homeless in cars can park

Homeless people living in vehicles are no longer allowed to park near schools, day care centers and parks. Restrictions also prohibit residential street parking between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

SoCal counties lack homeless shelters for families

With hundreds of families out on the streets, non profits and county homeless advocates are looking for new ways to provide shelter. LA County may rent out full motels to get children and their parents off the streets. In Orange County, a new home opened for homeless families who have chronic medical needs.

There are 63,000 homeless children in school in LA County

Officials gathered information from all of the school districts in LA County. They found a 17 percent jump from last year. Among the causes: the high cost of housing in the region.

How the homeless count is going high-tech

This week, Southern California counties will canvas their communities to take an annual count of the region's homeless population. Some are using thermal imaging and more detailed questionnaires to better count and understand who's living on the streets.

California's poorest may finally be feeling rising economy

Numbers indicate California's poorest are finally benefitting from a rising economy, but local food banks and other social services say they're as busy as ever.

Why some LA shelter beds are empty, despite the rains

Operators of winter shelters say numbers are down this year, and they think location might be the problem. They say NIMBY-ism has kept them from renting space in centralized parts of LA County.

Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless

Interest in solving homelessness has intensified over the past year. But there’s a side to the crisis that hasn’t garnered as much attention — entire families are slipping into homelessness. There are more than 16,000 homeless families in Los Angeles County alone. Here’s why that’s happening.

Will LA County voters raise taxes to help the homeless?

County supervisors voted to put a 1/4 cent sales tax hike on the March ballot. It would generate more than $300 million. But will voters give it the green light?

LA voters may be asked to help the homeless — by raising taxes

L.A. County, looking for millions of dollars to fund its plan to eradicate homelessness, will likely turn to voters for a way to raise the cash.

LA voted to fund housing for homeless. Now what?

Voters in the city of L.A. approved a bond measure that will invest $1.2 billion to build new housing for the city's homeless. That's a first step, officials say.

Homeless funding may ride on who wins LA County supervisors race

Whoever wins the two seats on the power LA County Board of Supervisors could provide critical vote on funding a homelessness fix.

LA sees increase in people not competent to stand trial

The number of defendants declared "incompetent to stand trial" due to mental illness on pace to hit 4500 this year. That's up from about 3500 last year.