Working Homeless | VideoVan Tieu | 2/7/2013
The Millers lost everything when their home in Kentucky burned to the ground. Five months ago, they came to North Dakota.
"So we can actually have a better life, because have not had it good for while," said Marie Miller.
When she, her husband, a marine veteran, and her four children arrived, they ran into the same problem other newcomers have: no place to live in the midst of a booming economy. Her husband works seven days a week near Minot, but they say housing is just too expensive.
"It just saddens me now knowing he actually has the money but you still can`t find anything!"
For now, they`re taking shelter at the Welcome House. They`re lucky. For every family taken in at the Welcome House, three to four families are being turned away because of lack of space.
Welcome House Director Brenda Kriedeman says it`s mainly because of skyrocketing rent. "I think the need and the greed is more on the side of who`s charging the prices. I`m not saying all of them are, you know, rents go up and you`ve got to go up to keep up with the market, I just wish that we could open our eyes a little bit to the affordable housing that`s needed so bad in this area."
"A lot of people that comes up here that try to get on the oil rig that can`t, that actually ain`t on there. They can`t afford to pay all those prices. I know that`s the reason why they jacked them up that because of the oil rig but what about the families that isn`t working on the rig? How are they supposed to afford it? They can`t," Miller said.
While the Millers continue to find a permanent home, she`s thankful for the help from the shelter.
The Welcome Home counsels families for three years after they leave the shelter.