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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
L.A. County's library system is facing a massive structural deficit and the county has not yet figured out what to do about it.
A Los Angeles County experiment in housing some of the most medically ill homeless people in the region showed early signs it's cost-effective, according to a study out Tuesday from the RAND Corporation.
Youth homelessness is on the rise and Los Angeles officials want to bring those numbers down by targeting kids exiting foster care.
Renting out RV's to homeless people is a growing industry in L.A. The proposal comes days after KPCC reported on the sub-economy.
Among the strange sub-economies popping up around the homeless crisis in Los Angeles: you can find an RV to rent and live in in just about any neighborhood.
L.A. officials are opening up a second winter shelter in the Antelope Valley in the hopes of bringing more homeless services to the area.
The city of L.A.'s struggle to find willing neighborhoods for homeless housing developments hope they have something of a blueprint for success.
Los Angeles County officials are trying to bring more attention and resources to domestic violence in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church.
The Republican tax plan would have a "devastating" impact on the state's efforts to address affordable housing and homelessness, experts say.
Most members of the Quechan Tribe don't live on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation. That's not by choice.
L.A. County officials want more help for homeless people with mental health issues. As for those who refuse treatment, the options are imperfect.
L.A. County officials say rising rents and low vacancy rates are hitting the region's mobile home parks. The Board of Supervisors will consider rent control Tuesday.
The L.A. Metro system is trying a new approach to dealing with homeless who use trains as shelter: instead of police, outreach teams approach people sleeping on trains.
"You want to stop chronic homelessness? Solve youth homelessness," says an advocate. But that takes money and effort.
A pilot program targets parents with unstable housing in the hopes of helping more families reunite.