Local and federal officials continue to search for answers to the growing affordability crisis, as more people are priced out of housing and rental markets. And one official working for a nonprofit in Portland, Maine, believes he may have found the answer: Old cruise ships.

Cruise ship docked in harbor
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Kenneth A. Capron, who runs a Portland nonprofit that provides support to older people with dementia, is applying for a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the feasibility of turning a used cruise ship into housing for low-income individuals. He believes a retired cruise ship that can hold up to 1,200 people could be a viable solution.

Capron’s analysis examines the purchase price of refurbishing a ship to house individuals and then…