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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
A pilot program targets parents with unstable housing in the hopes of helping more families reunite.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors dismissed Sean Rogan Tuesday, amidst a massive push to tackle the region's homeless problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's California's third-poorest county. Unemployment is nearly 25 percent. Homelessness tripled since the previous year. And children are even worse off, with one in three living in poverty.
With foster kids in Los Angeles experiencing high rates of homelessness, dropping out of school, and suicide, a new center aims to offer aid.
As L.A. County embarks on a massive effort to house tens of thousands of homeless people over the next few years, officials are looking to the data for help.
The vast majority of housing for low-income renters in Los Angeles has been built in the county's very poorest neighborhoods. The research says that's a problem.
As L.A. County embarks on a massive effort to reduce homelessness, a new report calls on lawmakers to take into account the specific needs of homeless women.
The push is on in L.A. to find help with rent for tens of thousands of homeless people the county has pledged to house over the next few years.