More West Texans Needing Mobile Homes

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - It's not easy to find a place to live in the Basin.

And as the oil field continues to attract new workers, the housing market is tighter than ever. 

Instead of trying to find a house, some West Texans are having it brought to them.

"Everybody needs somewhere to live," Jeff Garza, Sales Manager of First Rate Mobile Homes, said.

And with so many oil field workers moving to West Texas, the housing market is slim.

"The oil boom has affected the business simply because a lot of people are moving into this area, and they can't build houses fast enough for people to move into them," Garza said.

Manufactured homes are becoming a solution to the problem and local mobile home companies are having a hard time keeping up with the demand.

"It can be a bit overwhelming," Garza said.

The companies here in Odessa are shipping their homes all over the Permian Basin, Seminole, Alpine, Hobbs, but especially in Fort Stockton.

"A lot of the oil activity is starting to hit Fort Stockton," Garza said.

Mobile homes are popular in these areas right now, because of the high cost of building a house.

"They can't get somebody to go build them something out there because its outrageous, the prices right now, they're too high," George Rodriguez, Manager of Solitaire Homes, said.

And surprisingly, the oil boom is even hitting the Crane school district hard.

"The school district is looking to purchase homes for the teachers," Rodriguez said. "They're coming in because there's no housing."