They are EVERYWHERE in the once Golden State:
The 2013 survey supplied this profile for Monterey County:
The number of homeless people increased to 2,590 from 2,507 in 2011. Salinas lost 125 homeless people in the time period, going from 657 to 532. The city of Monterey saw the biggest increase, from 440 to 586.
Since 2007, the No. 1 cause of homelessness has been the loss of a job. That was followed by alcohol or drug abuse. The rest of the causes include mental illness issues, divorce or separation, incarceration, conflict with family or housemates.
Families with children made up 21 percent of the homeless count; single adults accounted for 2,025 of the total count.
In 2013, 16 percent of those surveyed said they had a pet, and 66 percent of those said having a pet prevented them from obtaining housing.
Obstacles to housing included having no transportation, a need for education or training, no phone, no job opportunities.
Means of income: 49 percent relied on panhandling, 44 percent recycling, 23 percent friends/family, 21 percent had a job, 7 percent sold found items to get by.