Matt Tinoco

Housing and Homelessness Reporter

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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

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Stories by Matt Tinoco

Are Voters Angry Enough About Homelessness To Start Voting Out Incumbents?

A clue to the answer might be found in the results of Tuesday's primary competition in Los Angeles' 4th City Council District.

LA's Annual Homeless Count (Or Undercount?) Is Underway

On paper, the annual census attempts to count everyone who is "literally homeless" in a jurisdiction. But producing an accurate number is virtually impossible.

SCOTUS Decides Whether To Take Up Homeless Encampment Case

Is it a constitutional right to sleep on the sidewalk if you have nowhere else to go?

Should Homeless People Have The Legal Right To Sleep Outside? The Supreme Court May Give Us An Answer

Many public officials, business leaders and resident groups say a 9th Circuit ruling goes too far in restricting the government's ability to respond to the myriad of health and safety problems created by people living on the street.

How You Can Help L.A.'s Homeless This Holiday Season

As cold and rainy weather arrives in Southern California, tens of thousands of people will be living through it all outside.

LA Has More Vacant Homes Than Homeless People, Report Finds

Report authors recommend lawmakers pursue a tax on vacant homes. They say such a penalty would discourage the practice of investing in vacant housing stock purely for financial gain.

Housing The Homeless Saves LA Money

A project in Los Angeles focuses on getting some of the most frequent users of hospital beds off the streets and into housing.

These LA Doctors Do House Calls At Homeless Encampments

For the more than 100,000 people living homeless in California, each day is is a personal health crisis. Now, some doctors are taking healthcare to the street.

LA's Rules About Where Homeless People Are Allowed To Sit And Sleep Could Get Even More Complicated

The Los Angeles City Council's homelessness and poverty committee on Wednesday recommended repealing a controversial ordinance prohibiting homeless people from sitting or sleeping on sidewalks.

Where Can LA's Homeless Sit And Sleep? The City Could Repeal And Replace A Contentious Rule About That

Local homeless advocates say the proposed changes would be"inhumane" and would "effectively create containment zones" across the city.

After The Mayor Visited Their Homeless Encampment, They Lost All Their Belongings

The city of Los Angeles gets thousands of requests to clean up homeless encampments. But how the city responds can make it harder for people to get off the street.

Is LA's Policy On Homeless Encampments Working?

LA is spending big to try and get people off the streets. But sometimes it seems like the city is working against itself, especially when it comes to encampments.

It Took Inheritance For My Family To 'Win' In LA's Housing Market

The reality is that unless you're lucky enough to already own property, or be among the L.A.'s highest earners, your dream of home ownership is probably out of reach.

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.