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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

How do you get treatment for homeless with mental illnesses if they refuse help?

L.A. County officials want more help for homeless people with mental health issues. As for those who refuse treatment, the options are imperfect.

Affordability crisis hits LA's mobile home parks

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.

A new approach to getting homeless off LA's trains

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.

12,000 California youth are homeless. Politicians say they want to change that

"You want to stop chronic homelessness? Solve youth homelessness," says an advocate. But that takes money and effort.

Housing is a major barrier to reuniting LA's foster kids

A pilot program targets parents with unstable housing in the hopes of helping more families reunite.

LA County fires head of housing program

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors dismissed Sean Rogan Tuesday, amidst a massive push to tackle the region's homeless problem.

Shelter for homeless women could open in Sylmar

A National Guard Armory in Sylmar could become a shelter for homeless women under a plan up for approval by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

1 in 5 of LA's jail inmates are homeless

L.A.'s jails are full of inmates who have nowhere to go once they're released. An expanding program aims to find housing for individuals with complex cases.

New sales tax kicks in Sunday to fund homeless services

Money is about to start pouring in to L.A. County's most ambitious (and expensive) effort yet to tackle homelessness. A 1/4 cent sales tax hike will fund the effort.

Advocate for the poor and homeless leaving LA's health agency

L.A.'s health chief, a longtime advocate for the county's poor and homeless, is leaving for New York. Dr. Mitch Katz will leave at the end of the year.

Startup fund for affordable housing in LA doubles

In preparation for what could be an affordable housing building boom in Los Angeles, a group of philanthropists has doubled a key loan program for developers.

Homeless living in RVs may get a mobile sewer service

A proposed mobile sewer service for homeless living in their RV's will get its first test Wednesday before the L.A. City Council's Homelessness and Poverty Committee.

LA County considers $4 million settlement for teen

A $3.9 million settlement for a teenage boy left with brain damage and paralysis after a fight inside one of L.A. County's juvenile halls is up for approval.

Declaring a homelessness emergency falls on deaf ears

Call for an emergency around any issue, and a city or county can officially ask for assistance from state lawmakers. But that isn't working when it comes to homelessness.

1 in 4 in Imperial County lives in poverty

New census figures show that one in three children in the state's third-poorest county are living in poverty. Unemployment there is nearly 25 percent.