A Place Where ‘Home’ Is Hard to Find

This past week, I’ve been busy working on a piece for The Fiscal Times about the homeless situation in Williston. Due to the boom and the thousands of Americans who have arrived to the area looking for a place to stay, housing costs have ballooned, with the average modest 2-bedroom apartment going from about $500 a month to $2,500 practically overnight.  The situation has created hardship for many people looking for opportunities here, forcing even those with decent-paying jobs to live in tents or cars. I had the pleasure of spending time with the Andreson family, who is living out of a tent in a campground. My photographer friend Will Christiansen took a few snapshots of their life.

19-year-old Billy and her 11-month-old daughter

19-year-old Billy and her 11-month-old daughter / Photo by Will Christiansen

Grandmother Heidi keeps the fire going

Grandmother Heidi keeps the fire going / Photo by Will Christiansen

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