Volunteers scour the county for homeless census

Struggling to take notes in the dark, Charles McCall stepped carefully around the sleeping, blanket-wrapped body in Salinas’ Central Park. It was just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday and McCall, who also goes by “Dred,” served as guide and census-taker in Monterey County’s biannual homeless count. McCall, 60 and a former U.S. Marine, said he’d been there. But with support from staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, he said, he hasn’t been homeless for more than a year. “They helped me when I was down and out. … When no one else believed in me,” he said. “Or I didn’t think that anybody believed.” Read More…