Oakland Officials Consider Moving City’s Homeless Onto A Cruise Ship

Authored by John Vibes via The Mind Unleashed blog,

Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan recently suggested a plan to house up to 1,000 people from the city’s homeless population on a cruise ship, but officials with the Port of Oakland have disputed the proposal, calling it “untenable.”

During a meeting last week, Kaplan told members of the city council that she has already been in contact with cruise ship companies about the possibility of using their vessels for emergency housing for the city’s homeless.

“Maybe we can have a way to create a thousand housing units overnight,Kaplan said of the program, adding that her plan will come at “no or low” cost because the city would not be purchasing the boat, but simply renting it, and requiring the residents to contribute towards the rental fee based on their level of income.

It may sound counterproductive to charge homeless people for a place to stay, and perhaps it is, but even homeless shelters require a small fee of their residents, and the housing will likely be far more affordable than most apartments or hotels.

“It could be a great way to house a lot of people quickly. Cruise ships have been used for emergency housing after natural disasters and for extra housing for things like Olympics,” Kaplan told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kaplan suggested that the ship could work similarly to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, a large old ship that is now docked in the harbor, acting as a hotel for tourists and other visitors to the area.

Many members of the council are on board with the proposal, but it would need to be approved by the Port of Oakland and they seem reluctant to allow such a cruise ship to dock in their port for extended periods of time.

Mike Zampa, a spokesman for the port told the Chronicle that Oakland’s port was designed for cargo ships, not cruise ships.

There isn’t the infrastructure to berth a cruise ship. Safety and security issues at the federally regulated maritime facilities would make residential uses untenable. How do you hook it up to utilities? You can’t have unauthorized personnel walking back and forth through marine terminals—those are federally regulated facilities, you need a badge to get in and out. There is also a lot of big and heavy equipment rumbling over those facilities all day long,” Zampa said.

Without support from the Port of Oakland, it is very likely that this plan will not go forward. Oakland has seen a huge spike in homelessness over the past two years, with the number of people on the street rising from 1,902 to 3,210.

via zerohedge


  1. this is the dumbest idea yet. the cruse industry is having trouble with noro-virus now ,with fastidious cleaning daily,it still renders the ship toxic. the homeless would destroy the ship in one week. just look at one of the camps on any street or under any bridge where they gather. GARBAGE EVERYWHERE the idea of three or four thousand mentals living in one area as small as a large cruse-ship the toxic garbage-pile would sink the ship…

  2. A Jewish lesbian with a beard, making a determination on what to do with other people, give me a break…These people need to back off the Unicorn milk, they’ll all start looking like Maxine Waters.

    1. Say Mr. James 75th Regiment, Sir, what you have said is true, but I honestly Hope and Pray that these Homeless People and Illegal Immigrant-Alien’s attitudes and actions will never get to the level of both Mrs. Maxine “The Loud And Rude Mouthed And Inciter Of Violence” Waters and that IIA, whose name was Mr. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez Alias Mr Jose Inez Garcia Zarate! IF that Cruise Ship is set floating outside of The Oakland Harbor, it would look like a Insurrection or a Minature Revolution in the 1700’s AD!

  3. The ship was a great idea with so many problems.
    The real answer would be a
    barge off shore. They could move their tents and belongings to it. Then party, drugs, and shower off the side. Womens left side men right side. Let them trash out a barge.

  4. West Virginia doesn’t want or need Commiefornia’s cast-offs you freakin’ jackhole! If y’all hadn’t voted in those dyed in the wool despots you wouldn’t be in the situation you’re in. If y’all aren’t going to deport your illegals why not send the people you DON’T WANT to Mexico! You’d be killing two bids with one stone. Your voters are the problem, nothing will change out there until your populace votes for change.

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