Hot economy, cold comfort: The ND Oil Patch’s homeless problem
Lured by the promise of jobs created by the oil and gas boom, Mario Solano left his home in Miami to travel to a new life in the center of it all — North Dakota.
At first, Solano found temporary jobs driving trucks for oil and gas companies. Eventually, he found permanent employment working as a ranch hand in the town of Williston, making $14.50 an hour, or about $30,000 a year — plenty, Solano thought, to get a small place of his own.
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