It sounds like a brilliant idea as the cities in and around the United States are having difficulty in curtailing the issue of homeless people. In large cities, it is even harder to create homes for the homeless as affordable housing is already in high demand.
Low-cost affordable housing is disappearing fast. Since 1990, cheaper apartments were demolished and upgraded into luxury condos, hotels or offices. Prices in poor urban neighborhoods rose almost 50 percent faster than in rich neighborhoods between 2010 and 2017.
A local entrepreneur Ken Capron from Portland, Maine might have a perfect innovation idea that’s unique and could very well work. His plan is to purchase and re-purpose an unused cruise ship. He wants to permanently dock the vessel in the city’s harbor, which would take care of a location, creating an entirely new neighborhood.
Capron told WMTW, we’re looking at four populations, the homeless, the low-income, the workforce and the immigrant community who need housing.
Mayor Ethan Strimling said, “I have no idea if it’s the craziest idea I’ve ever heard or the most brilliant idea I’ve ever heard.” What he liked was that he was at least coming up with creative ideas. There would be plenty of hurdles to overcome to put this idea into action.
This project was named ‘Hope Harbor’ and could very well have major impacts on the homeless people in the city.
Capron hopes that his initiative will inspire other cities to investigate similar housing opportunities with retired cruise ships.
According to (HUD) the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s. Recent studies show that approximately 5 million Americans qualify to use homeless shelters as the poverty level rises.
Another statistic on the topic. Did you know: Indian has the most homeless people in the world, estimated at 70 million.