Los Angeles County is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to combat homelessness. Yet the problem is getting worse. Why? Well, part of the answer is simple: LA's severe shortage of affordable housing. But that's not all there is to it. For more than a year KCRW reporter Anna Scott followed a woman named Christine Curtiss through LA’s homeless services system to find answers. Listen to Christine's journey in the four-part podcast "Samaritans."
Anna Scott is a reporter for KCRW, focused on housing and homelessness. She created KCRW's podcast Samaritans, and reported for its podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Madeleine Brand's news program "Press Play," and Warren Olney's "To the Point" and "Which Way, LA?" Anna reports regularly on homelessness for NPR's national programs. She's previously written for Bloomberg Businessweek, the Los Angeles Times and various local publications.