Transient Workers Find Communities to Call Home — for Now
Five miles outside of Snyder, on a dusty lot atop the Cline Shale, rows of prefabricated homes feel out of place against the arid West Texas landscape. This is Custom Touch Village, a workforce lodging facility, or “man camp,” that has popped up to accommodate the region’s transient oilfield workers.
These temporary neighborhoods are common in the regions touched by Texas’ shale boom, where housing is in short supply and hotels are stuffed to the gills. They get their moniker from their residents — generally young men who are searching for big oilfield paychecks.
Custom Touch, with its 244 lodge-style homes and 56 RV sites, can house up to 600 of them. But with the way this boom is headed, that’s far from enough: Its owners have two additional sites under construction and three in development.