Rina Palta

Correspondent, Investigations

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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.

Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and 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

Housing for homeless could be in your backyard. Literally

L.A. County, looking for ways to develop housing for homeless, is turning to "granny flats" as a potential strategy for beefing up the rental stock.

Forced treatment for mentally ill needs overhaul, LA officials say

L.A. County officials Tuesday called for an overhaul of the system for compelling people with severe mental illnesses into treatment, and making sure they get adequate care.

30 years after McKinney-Vento, homeless students still struggle

Three decades after Congress passed landmark legislation to ensure the rights of homeless students, schools are still struggling to help kids.

'Safe parking' for LA's homeless off to a slow start

A pilot program aimed at providing people who live in their cars in L.A. a consistent, secure place to park near restrooms has been slow to get off the ground.

How California is leading the way in affordable housing on tribal lands

For decades, constructing any sort of large-scale affordable housing development on Native American land was nearly impossible. That could change.

A new bill would let some former criminals become foster parents

A bill that would make it easier for some people with criminal histories to become foster parents is making its way through the California legislature.

New law could speed up help for LA's homeless

A bill making its way through the California legislature would eliminate what L.A. County officials call a "major barrier" to helping homeless.

Not everyone’s happy about LA’s $1 billion plan to fight homelessness

Voters said “yes” to Measure H, a $1 billion plan to combat homelessness in LA county. But some neighborhoods are saying “heck no!”

LA County approves $1 billion plan to fight homelessness

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have authorized broad investments in combatting homelessness totaling nearly $1 billion over the next few years.

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.