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Housing and Homelessness Reporter
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 LAist.com.
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Stories by Matt Tinoco
A new generation of homeless advocates argues that, despite billions of dollars earmarked to address homelessness, state and local governments are not moving fast enough.
They've gotten to know their homeless neighbors, and they're pushing for the government to move faster and reconsider how it's addressing a humanitarian crisis.
"Unfortunately, the city is falling very short. Not that anybody expected that these units would be built overnight. But it has been more than two years and we have delivered zero of those units."
Organizers of the massive Los Angeles Homeless Count have some expert helpers — people who are homeless, or who used to be. KPCC’s housing reporter Matt Tinoco has the story.
Every day, hundreds of people in Los Angeles work with homeless residents to enroll in programs and services already available for help.
We talked to the people working most closely on this issue, and here's what they recommend to Southern Californians who want to spend some time reaching out.
Disobeying an order to evacuate is never a good idea. But that's exactly what some Malibu residents did.
Authorities evacuated some animals, but calm winds meant the fire was never a serious threat.
When Californians vote on Proposition 10, they'll be choosing the winner of a more than $100 million dollar spending war over rent regulations.
Is preserving an 80-year-old gas station more important than building new apartments?
One of the most talked about and contested propositions on California's November ballot is Proposition 10, the so-called "Affordable Housing Act."
They claim the city violated their constitutional rights by seizing their belongings off the sidewalk, and destroying them.
Los Angeles Unified School District officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the third affordable apartment building built by the district itself.
Police are investigating whether a string of local attacks on sleeping homeless men are related. An assailant with a baseball bat beat three people downtown LA early Sunday -- killing two.
Residents gathered Wednesday in front of a Westlake apartment complex planning to face off with sheriff’s deputies scheduled to evict an elderly couple. You may have heard KPCC’s story last month on a big rent strike organized by these tenants.