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

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.

LA County plans how to spend $30 billion

L.A. County, facing cuts in federal and state funds, will focus on beefing up social services like child welfare and mental health care in the coming year.

Insurance provider wades into LA's homelessness problem

As part of a growing movement that looks at stable housing as a health issue, a local insurance provider says it will donate $20 million over the next five years to a program that houses homeless people who have medical issues.

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.

Winter shelters in LA may reopen to homeless

As part of an effort to rapidly boost the number of shelter beds available to L.A.'s homeless, officials are turning to the county's winter shelter system.

LA officials debate how to spend $355 million to combat homelessness

Public officials and homeless advocates in L.A., poised on the brink of a windfall in funds to combat homelessness, began debating how to use that money Thursday.