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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
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.
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.
Three decades after Congress passed landmark legislation to ensure the rights of homeless students, schools are still struggling to help kids.
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.
For decades, constructing any sort of large-scale affordable housing development on Native American land was nearly impossible. That could change.
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.
A bill making its way through the California legislature would eliminate what L.A. County officials call a "major barrier" to helping homeless.
Voters said “yes” to Measure H, a $1 billion plan to combat homelessness in LA county. But some neighborhoods are saying “heck no!”
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have authorized broad investments in combatting homelessness totaling nearly $1 billion over the next few years.
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.
Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years — money all saved through Proposition 47.
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.
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.
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.
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.