PORTLAND, Maine (CBS) – A Portland nonprofit is proposing that the city buy a used cruise ship to serve as a homeless shelter.

The Portland Press Herald reports that MemoryWorks director Kenneth Capron is holding a meeting at city hall Tuesday. He reportedly envisions a cruise ship on Portland’s waterfront acting as a homeless shelter and as an option for affordable and immigrant housing, along with social services.

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“I’m big into things that other people haven’t tried,” he told the newspaper.

Capron says he is serious about the idea and is applying for a grant that would fund a feasibility study.

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He estimates an 800-passenger and 300-crew cruise ship would cost anywhere from $5 million to $100 million, according to The Press Herald.

The mayor and city councilors are reportedly aware of the proposal but have not issued a formal response.

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