Matt Tinoco

Housing and Homelessness Reporter

Contact Matt Tinoco
It’s not just you. Southern California’s sky-high housing costs are changing how we live and who can afford to keep a roof over their head. I will help you understand the factors that got us here, what’s being done to help those struggling and new pressures around the corner.

The reality is housing is unaffordable for the majority of people who call Southern California home. Tens of thousands are falling into homelessness. Despite the presence of tremendous regional wealth, the resulting humanitarian crisis continues to worsen.

As for me, I was born and raised in Greater Los Angeles. My family moved from rental house to rental house until my grandfather passed, and we inherited his 980 square-foot house (without a mortgage) in North Hollywood. These days I live ‘over the hill,’ in a rent stabilized apartment.

Before I began work for KPCC, I worked as a freelance journalist in Los Angeles, fact-checked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, and was previously employed by LAist.com.

Have a question you want me to answer? Ask below:

Stories by Matt Tinoco

Homelessness is getting worse in Southern California. Here's why

The bottom line: Need far eclipses the amount of public and private aid available.

LA will spend $30M this year on homeless sweeps. Do they even work?

City officials point to surging complaints from housed residents and businesses about sanitation and safety issues. Homeless advocates argue the current approach is counterproductive.

What the 9th Circuit's decision on landmark homeless case means for LA

If you're a homeless person with nowhere to go but a city sidewalk, park or other public space, can authorities force you off the street? This week, federal judges again said: "No."

Is LA County waiting too long to help the newly homeless? A new report says yes

The report says the county should shift its anti-homelessness strategy to target populations most likely to fall into chronic homelessness and get them help before they've spent months or years on street.

LA won't fight lawsuit limiting encampment sweeps on Skid Row

The central tension is how Los Angeles can balance the constitutional rights of homeless people with health and safety concerns in the public spaces where homeless people often live.

Meet the Angelenos who aren't waiting for the government to help the homelessness

A new generation of homeless advocates argues that, despite billions of dollars earmarked to address homelessness, state and local governments are not moving fast enough.

Angelenos Aren't Waiting For The Government To Address Homelessness

They've gotten to know their homeless neighbors, and they're pushing for the government to move faster and reconsider how it's addressing a humanitarian crisis.

LA's chief accountant wants to know why anti-homelessness money isn't being spent

"Unfortunately, the city is falling very short. Not that anybody expected that these units would be built overnight. But it has been more than two years and we have delivered zero of those units."

To Count All The Homeless People In LA, You Need To Ask Homeless People For Help

Organizers of the massive Los Angeles Homeless Count have some expert helpers — people who are homeless, or who used to be. KPCC’s housing reporter Matt Tinoco has the story.

This Is How Homeless Outreach Happens

Every day, hundreds of people in Los Angeles work with homeless residents to enroll in programs and services already available for help.

You don't have to build homes or run the government to help homeless people. Start by doing this

We talked to the people working most closely on this issue, and here's what they recommend to Southern Californians who want to spend some time reaching out.

Residents Stay Behind To Defend Homes From Wildfire

Disobeying an order to evacuate is never a good idea. But that's exactly what some Malibu residents did.

Griffith Park Fire Briefly Threatens LA Zoo

Authorities evacuated some animals, but calm winds meant the fire was never a serious threat.

Who Should Hold The Power: Landlords Or Tenants?

When Californians vote on Proposition 10, they'll be choosing the winner of a more than $100 million dollar spending war over rent regulations.

LA's Past Versus LA's Future — It's All Bearing Out In Silver Lake

Is preserving an 80-year-old gas station more important than building new apartments?