Relocate and dock a cruise ship in a major metropolitan city. The ship will be converted into a stationary affordable housing complex with thousands of bedrooms available for low-income individuals. The vast amounts of space on the ship will be used to empower residents with job training, education and personal development programs.
Prove to decision makers across the world that there is an affordable housing solution that is scalable, cost effective, and can be easily implemented to add to housing supply and improve communities.
We are seeking a partnership with a city that is ready to take action to end the affordable housing crisis affecting their local community.
CommuniShip is led by a multi-disciplinary team of leaders from the maritime, affordable housing, hotel management and civic leadership industries. The team’s focus is not only to provide housing, but create a sustainable community where individuals can thrive. The unique group of people on the team have aggregated data to understand the costs, challenges and solutions needed to ensure the success of this venture. The entirety of the team is not listed below, but can be provided upon request. The CommuniShip team is led by its two founders: Shawn J. Bolour and Gregory Gopman.
Shawn J. Bolour is an affordable housing developer. He has been involved in acquiring or developing over $160 million of affordable housing that has created or preserved over 1,500 apartment units across the country. Prior to founding his own affordable housing development company, Shawn worked at the 501(c)(3) designated affordable housing non-profit, Century Housing Corporation. Shawn’s value to the team will be his ability to leverage tools and relationships from previous affordable housing successes to ensure this new innovative solution is realized.
Gregory Gopman is a visionary tech entrepreneur that’s built global communities across multiple different industries. He brings his diverse skill sets and networks into the project with the ability to bring a 360 holistic approach to community programs and entrepreneurship in a way that few others can. He previously founded AngelHack, VR Worldwide, the Akash Network, and A Better San Francisco, which advocated other affordable housing solutions like Regional Housing Communities and Community Transition Centers.
Gregory Gopman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn J. Bolour – email@example.com
How will the ship be acquired?
The cruise ship will be donated to our non-profit 501(c)(3) entity at an effective cost of $0. We have a soft commitment from a Fortune 500 Cruise Operator to donate a ship.
Why would a major cruise line donate a ship?
There are generally one of two places outdated ships go after they have exceeded their useful commercial passenger life 1) sold at steep discounts to secondary tier cruise line operators or, 2) sold for scrap metal. In the cruise liner industry new ships are being produced frequently making older ships obsolete to the new inventory.
The 3rd option, which is rarely utilized by major ship operators, is donating the ships to charitable causes. The benefit to the ship operator is that they can take a tax write off at the appraised value of the ship. This 3rd option is much more financially beneficial to ship operators compared to the alternatives. The issue for ship operators is that there are not any charitable organizations that can accept a massive boat and utilize the ship for the public benefit. Of course, that was until we showed up. We have been in touch with the biggest players in the industry who are ready to donate a variety of ships to our cause.
It should be noted that these ships are in fantastic condition. The reason they are considered obsolete is because the old product cannot compete with the next best ship that has been added to the ship ecosystem.
How much will it cost to operate the ship?
This is highly dependent on a variety of factors including the number of residents on the boat at any given time and the location of where the boat is docked. We have estimated that we can financially operate comfortably at a rental rate of $875 per person per month.
In which city will the ship be docked?
In order to make this project feasible we would need to provide the housing in a market that can support our $875 per person per month number. For $875 a resident not only receives housing, but also three meals per day and access to premier amenities. For the value being delivered, we feel confident that this number is feasible in major metropolitan coastal cities across the country. In addition, this rental burden to residents could potentially be driven down if cities can offer rental subsidies for residents.
What is the team’s biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is identifying a city that will allow us to dock the ship in a port. There are numerous stakeholders involved in allowing this vision to come to life. We are willing to work with all local community members to ensure all concerns have been heard and addressed.
How does someone qualify to be a resident on the ship?
Our target is individuals who make no more than 60% of the Area Median Income. This is subject to change depending on the needs of the local city we partner with.