Josie Huang

Correspondent

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Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. She last reported for and co-hosted the evening news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she wrote for dailies in Maine and Massachusetts. Assignments have taken her to Central America’s largest dump, a coastal Mississippi town recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the US-Canada border, which American seniors were crossing to buy cheaper prescription drugs. She grew up in Maryland and Taiwan.

Stories by Josie Huang

What to know about LA's middle-income homebuyer program

Los Angeles is expanding eligibility for its home purchase assistance program to include middle-income earners. A family of four making up to $130,200 could qualify.

Thousands of rape kits untested in California

Why does California have such a substantial backlog of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits compared other states? And what can legislators do about it?

What the future holds for those seeking refugee status

Somalian refugee Ali Said and his family might be the last refugees let into the U.S. We take a closer look at the process and the future of refugees.

Cyberscams bleeding millions from LA homebuyers

A cyberscheme that tricks homebuyers into wiring money offshore is costing the Los Angeles area $5 million dollars a month, according to the FBI.

No disruptions at LAX as latest travel ban rolls out

The first day of the reinstated travel ban limiting travel from six Muslim-majority countries passed without large protests or reported traveler delays.

Boyle Heights tenants face eviction for unpaid rent hikes

Tenants living near Mariachi Plaza have begun receiving eviction notices after they refused to pay rent increases as high as 80 percent.

LA rents a bit more affordable in 2017, analyst says

The Los Angeles area posted an improvement in rental affordability after a decade of cost increases, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.

A quest for vacancy data amid LA's housing crisis

City planners say they are lacking the most accurate information to inform official decisions on whether to allow condominium conversions.

LA landlords fight plan to make evictions harder

Landlords say a proposal backed by the City Council housing chair to require just cause for evictions will only add to their legal hurdles and litigation costs.

Pasadena short-term rental debate divides hosts

Some hosts who list their temporary lodging units on sites like Airbnb are generally pleased with draft regulations on short-term rentals for Pasadena while others find them draconian.

For housing affordability, LA is among country's worst

Just a quarter of households in Los Angeles make enough money to afford a median-priced home, according to a new study from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

After Ghost Ship, LA targets illegal warehouse residences

The city has filed criminal complaints against owners of three warehouses in downtown Los Angeles and near Chinatown and cited about 40 other properties for alleged safety and building violations.

Blowback over LA limits on Airbnb and short-term rentals

The city proposes a 180-day cap on rentals listed on Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms, pleasing no one. Airbnb critics want 90 days while hosts want no cap.

What should be the regulations for Airbnb in LA?

As Los Angeles moves closer to finalizing new regulations for short-term rentals, a major dispute has emerged: how many rental days should a property be allowed?

In LA, mortgages eat up nearly half your income

Zillow says Angelenos making the city's median income would have to put 47 percent of their earnings toward monthly mortgage payments to afford a home.`