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.READ MORE: Saugus Man Killed In Crash On I-95 In Newburyport
“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.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
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.MORE NEWS: UMass Lowell Closed Due To 'Possible Cybersecurity Incident'