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As economy sinks, homeless move onto boats

If you stroll along the shore of eastern San Francisco Bay, past any of the marinas on a crisp morning, you’ll see the usual: young men and women from local rowing teams heaving their oars forward and back, couples holding hands and pushing strollers, and the occasional brazen duck that wanders too close to the dogs out for a walk.

Unless you’re a dock manager like Oakland’s Bud Brown, you might not notice others floating along the water: homeless individuals who have taken up residence in the marina’s many abandoned boats.

During the last two years, Brown has noticed more and more people walking away from their vessels, unable to pay the slip rent to keep them docked at the marina.

Click here for the full report by the San Francisco Chronicle.