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 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.

LA officials look at options for homeless who refuse help

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

Could shared housing get homeless off the streets?

L.A. officials have begun the long process of building housing for formerly homeless. But they're also looking for more immediate ways of getting people off the streets.

Bill aims to make being a foster parent easier

A new state bill aims to help make being a foster parent easier and thereby decrease the use of group homes for small children.

LA considers Airbnb, other housing options for homeless

Homeless families can't get into overflowing shelters in South Los Angeles. Local leaders are looking for solutions.

Trump budget could hit San Bernardino's revitalization efforts

As San Bernardino fights to rehab its image and attract private investment, the president's proposed budget cuts could throw a wrench in revitalization efforts.

LA lacks foster care families for infants, toddlers

Facing a continuing shortage of foster homes, Los Angeles County is hoping to make it easier for foster parents to take in very young children.

Trump's proposed budget would hurt LA's homelessness efforts

President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which calls for dramatic cuts to public programs, would complicate L.A's efforts to end homelessness.