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Reuters Photo A mobile home is seen parked at a site in Williston on March 15, 2013. North Dakota saw a 200 percent jump in homelessness last year, the biggest increase of any state. There are now 2,069 homeless people in the state of 699,628, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hot economy, cold comfort: The ND Oil Patch’s homeless problem

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By Reuters Media

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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