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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
Voters said “yes” to Measure H, a $1 billion plan to combat homelessness in LA county. But some neighborhoods are saying “heck no!”
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have authorized broad investments in combatting homelessness totaling nearly $1 billion over the next few years.
As L.A. County looks to expand services and housing for formerly homeless, a fight in the San Gabriel Valley may be a sign of the tough road ahead.
Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years — money all saved through Proposition 47.
In yet another sign of L.A.'s affordable housing crisis, officials expect a torrent of applications as they prepare to open up the wait list for housing subsidies.
The results of January’s annual homeless census, released Wednesday, tallied nearly 58,000 homeless in L.A., a rapid increase that could signal major challenges ahead.
This morning the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is discussing the results of the 2017 countywide street and shelter count of homeless people – and the results are stark, with a 20% rise in homelessness in the city of L.A. and a 23% jump in the county, totaling to almost 58,000.
RAND Corporation built a simulator to test various programs' impact on child welfare. They found big gains for policies that prevent maltreatment and support relatives of foster kids.
L.A. County officials are trying to figure out why people who qualify for food stamps under CalFresh aren't enrolled, and how to improve access to the nutrition program.
The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.
More and more senior citizens are becoming homeless in San Bernardino, as housing costs rise in the Inland Empire. Waitlists for affordable housing are long.
L.A. County is looking for a new way to manage donations to foster kids after thousands of toys sat in warehouses instead of being given to children.
A group tasked with guiding Los Angeles out of the county's homeless crisis came close to consensus on key strategies.
Children entering foster care are often sent down a tough educational path, frequently changing schools as they move from foster home to foster home.
Today's mantra that "there's a technological solution to everything" hasn't reached LA County's social welfare systems... yet.