San Francisco homeless go waterborne, move onto often-makeshift boats

San Francisco homeless go waterborne, move onto often-makeshift boats
Craft used by homeless, confiscated by police off Sausalito, CA. CBS 5 SF Bay Area video

[Ed. – There has always been a small population of “anchor-outs” who live on operational craft and move around to beat a 72-hour anchoring limit. Some of the homeless apparently are taking over derelict craft, however. Shore-dwellers who’ve paid big money for their bay views don’t like it.]

San Francisco’s homeless are running out of room in the city, so they’re gradually moving out onto the bay, constructing makeshift boats and barges and forming floating tent cities, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

[R]ecently, the cost of housing and San Francisco’s ensuing homelessness boom has driven more of the city’s transient population to consider living on the city’s famous bay.

Between 100 and 200 “barges, sailboats, and other mostly decrepit vessels” now litter the landscape. …

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These makeshift barges … aren’t technically houseboats. They don’t pay to moor at a dock or sit anchored in a marina, and they aren’t specially constructed for year-round living (most have no heat, electricity, or sanitary facilities). They do, however, exist in a gray area in San Francisco’s laws…

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