Partnering with the unsheltered on their journey toward home.
We are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness by building relationships that empower individuals to achieve their self-determined outcomes.
Our goal at Off The Streets (OTS) is simple: open a low barrier homeless shelter in Billings as soon as possible so that all homeless in our community have a place to stay where they are warm, safe and feel welcomed.
“For a long time I had no fear, I just believed that Jesus would take care of me, which I still do, but there’s so much stuff going on right now they will just come and shoot you for a ring. They stole my graduation ring off my finger as soon as I went to sleep.”
The New Shelter
Off The Streets (OTS) has a goal to purchase the Yellowstone Paper Company building at 20 South 28th Street. Built in 1919 by International Harvester, using concrete throughout for the walls, ceiling, floors and roof, the building is rock solid. With just over 45,000 total square feet inside from 3 floors and over 17,000 square feet of usable outdoor space there is plenty of room to safely shelter up to 250 men, women and children.
OTS needs to raise the initial purchase price of the building as soon as possible. Additionally, OTS will need to raise monies to renovate the building to include elevators, showers, restrooms, kitchen and dining and 120 dormitory style rooms. Renovations are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023.
“You don’t know how great it feels to be able to shower, how much better a person feels afterward. I mean I still haven’t had a complete shower in 3 weeks.”