Decommissioned Navy ship being eyed as homeless shelter
From the Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) _ Several faith-based groups are hoping to convert a decommissioned Navy vessel at Pearl Harbor into a floating shelter for the homeless.
Navy officials say if the groups succeed in acquiring the 642-foot Acadia, it would be the first vessel converted for humanitarian purposes.
Many ships have been turned into museums, but most are used for scrap or training after they are retired.
The Acadia is a destroyer tender built in 1981. It sailed around the world several times with a crew of 15-hundred before it was decommissioned in 1994.
In January, Navy officials decided to dispose of, sell off or give away the vessel.
Pastor Gary Shields, director of the Victory Ohana Prison Fellowship, says out-of-the-box solutions are needed to solve Hawaii’s homeless crisis because land costs are so high.
Organizers say their plan is still in its infancy, and could fall through without the right funding or community support.
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