Rise in Cost of Living Forces Families to Work Multiple Jobs 10/20/13
CBS 7 News
October 20, 2013
ODESSA. TX=Even though the economy is thriving in West Texas, people are struggling more than imagined.
The rising cost of living is making it tough for some West Texans to get by.
Families aren't the only ones feeling the strain—the West Texas Food Bank is as well.
In fact they're seeing more families than ever before come in needing assistance with putting food on their table.
A single mother in Odessa, who asked to be kept anonymous, is just one of hundreds who are struggling in the midst of an oil boom, and who are being forced to work multiple jobs just to get by.
We caught up with this single mom of two, who's barely getting by.
Several months ago she had to quit her job as a PE coach at one of the local elementary schools in town.
“It’s sad that you have to leave a job like that, that you really love to do," said the single mother of two.
With rent rising, this Odessa mother picked up two jobs and at one point was working a third just to be able to afford her rent and bills.
"All this work and you have nothing to say—hey I have this for my kids, or I can do that, or I have a nice home, you can't, you have nothing to show for it, you literally live paycheck to paycheck no matter how hard, or how many jobs you keep," she said.
Her situation is similar to many others; the West Texas Food Bank says they've seen more families come in who are struggling to survive.
Having to work 70 to 80 hours a week, this single mother says her daughters are her motivation.
"My oldest had written, we love you for your hard work, and there was little sticky notes on the door, and it just lets me know that it's really rough right now, but your kids understand why you're gone as much as you are."
This hard working mother says when the oil boom first began they expected there to be increase, but not to this extreme.
"I just wish there were bigger hearts instead of people that are more concerned with a bigger wallet."
This Odessa mother and her daughters actually have to be out of their apartment by the end of this month, because of rent being increased yet again. She says luckily for them, they'll be able to stay with her grandmother for a bit, but says not many families have that kind of support.