An official in Oakland, California, wants to dock a cruise ship in the city’s port to house up to 1,000 homeless to deal with the Bay Area’s growing homeless crisis.

City Council President Rebecca Kaplan called the situation an emergency and has likened the region’s sprawling tent settlements to the fallout of a natural disaster to justify her proposal.

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

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