Boomtown or Bust! Making the Move Proves Hard for Austin Family

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Boomtown or bust, literally meant bust for one Austin family who moved to the Basin on Friday. Chris Taylor, 27, his fiance and her two little girls have spent the last three nights sleeping in a freezing car.

Taylor says the family was struggling to make ends meet back in Austin. The last straw came last week when he lost his job after taking time off to care for his pregnant fiance's daughters, while she was in the hospital with asthma related problems.

"This was supposed to be a better opportunity for us. It sounded too good to be true, but I jumped on it," Taylor said.

Taylor like so many people who have moved into the area, wanted the chance at a better life for his family.

"I heard the oil industry is booming, I heard everybody is looking for help," he said, "I got here and found everybody is laying off, so that is the opposite of what I was told."

When Taylor and the family showed up on Friday, none of the relatives who offered to help answered his calls. The family, with nowhere to turn slept in parking lots huddled up in the car.

"It's aggravating for me, because of the family, the kids wanting to obviously go home and play and do things, and I can't give that to them and I don't know what to tell them," he said.

Despite the setbacks, Taylor's luck is starting to shift. He found a job at a local restaurant on Monday, and someone's hundred dollar donation to Odessa Links paid for two warm nights in a motel.

"I am definitely blessed for the help we got today. My family is warm, I am definitely relieved," he said. "It can only go up, I hope."

If you would like to help call Odessa Links at 582-0099 or stop by 1207 W. University Suite G.

Andrea Quiroz with Odessa Links asks to alert them if you are making a donation you want to go to Taylor and his family.