Rina Palta


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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

Golden Motel fight could portend trouble for homeless strategy

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.

Prison savings coming back to LA in form of social programs

Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years — money all saved through Proposition 47.

LA expecting 600,000 applications for housing aid

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.

Unwelcome surprise: LA county homeless population spikes

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.

LA’s homelessness shows dramatic rise, as city and county struggle to contain problem

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.

There's a computer predicting the welfare of children

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.

1/3 of Angelenos who qualify for food stamps don't get them

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.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

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.

Consensus nears on how to spend LA's homeless funds

A group tasked with guiding Los Angeles out of the county's homeless crisis came close to consensus on key strategies.

Pilot program aims to keep LA foster kids in their schools

Children entering foster care are often sent down a tough educational path, frequently changing schools as they move from foster home to foster home.

How Trump's tax plan could hurt housing for LA's homeless

L.A.'s ambitious plans to construct 10,000 units in the next decade depend on a healthy market for corporate tax credits.

LA to spend some $737 million to combat homelessness next year

The combined spending by the city and county of Los Angeles is still less than what the city of New York spends on its homelessness problem.

LA County supervisors headed to DC to lobby policymakers

Members of L.A. County's Board of Supervisors are headed to Washington D.C. on Monday to advocate for issues that impact Los Angeles.

Construction begins on 'model' for future homeless housing

Construction began Thursday on what officials are calling a "model" for what housing for homeless could and should look like in Los Angeles.

The pros and cons of expanding LA County rules for involuntary hospitalization

Los Angeles officials are looking into options for getting homeless with severe mental illnesses off the county's streets.