South Side Billings, MT

Community Leadership

& Development, Inc.


Our redemptive work on the South Side of Billings


First-hand accounts of transformation.

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We need your help to make a difference.

our latest project:

Safe housing is a vital step for those in need of a second chance and there’s just not enough supply to meet the demand. Our latest project—Tapestry Apartments—is our response to the affordable housing shortage in Billings. Help us break ground!

Meet our New

Executive Director: Kaleb Perdew

    After a comprehensive search process, with several impressive candidates, Kaleb was chosen as the top candidate.  Read more about the key factors that contributed to the Board’s decision here.  We are thrilled to have Kaleb step into this role!

    Join an Unstoppable Community of Monthly Givers

    Whether you give $5 or $500 a month you can be a part of our 100Fold community. Our community of monthly givers is known as The 100Fold because, like Jesus tells his disciples in Mark 10, we believe that when people live lives of generosity and sacrifice the blessings returned to them will be one hundred fold. 

    The 100Fold is a group of people who are passionate, courageous and committed to seeing the South Side be restored through a gospel lens. You belong here.   



    CLDI is a non-profit organization that seeks to transform and empower struggling communities. For nearly 40 years, CLDI has been at work in a low-income neighborhood of Billings, Montana known as the South Side. At the heart of our work is a gospel-centered desire to invest in the South Side in such a way that residents of the community thrive financially, spiritually, and relationally.

    Overlooked and Broken

    The Reality on the South Side

    Historically, the South Side has been plagued as being seen as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Over time, residents have moved out of the community for more desirable neighborhoods and places for business in the city. This has left the South Side with low homeownership, inadequate yet expensive housing options, few opportunities for employment, and overrun schools, further exasperating poverty in our neighborhood.


    Extremely low-income household rate


    Population age 18-24 who do not have a high school diploma or GED


    Own their home in the South Side compared to 70% own their home in Billings Proper


    South Side residents live in low-income housing

    Holistic Problem Solving

    Our Response

    We are driven to provide creative solutions for real needs, imagining the impossible, and paving the way for genuine relationships to be fostered in a way that addresses material and relational poverty. Our mission is to seek the transformation of the South Side by rebuilding lives, restoring families, and re-neighboring communities.

    Affordable Housing

    We believe in providing second chances to individuals and families with poor credit, no rental history, or criminal backgrounds


    We engage South Side youth by providing safe after school programs, mentorship, and new, FUN experiences.

    Community Development

    We labor to remove blight, renovate, and stimulate the economy through commercial development and restoration.

    Women & Children Recovery Home

    We work directly with women and children to provide a safe place for recovery and restoration of families. 

    Leadership + Job Training

    We provide leadership development opportunities for young adults through our internship as well as job skill training for at-risk youth.


    We work with mentors and counselors to provide Christ-Centered mentorship and personal development to individuals. 

    A Redemptive Coffee House

    Rail//Line Coffee

    • Restored from old gas station
    • Provides leadership and job training
    • Encourage other businesses to move here
    • Investing in South Side economy

    Mentoring At-Risk Youth

    Youth Works

      • Safe after-school programs for South Side youth
      • Proclaiming the love of Jesus
      • Creating new experiences
      • Positive adult relationships

      Women and Children Recovery Home

      Hannah House

        • Transitional housing for women
        • Reunification with kids
        • Addiction recovery and family restoration
        • Relationship and real-life training

        Live and Work Missionally


          • 1 year internship with CLDI
          • Paid internship + housing
          • Ignite your faith and gain experience
          • International trip

          Invest in the South Side

          Join us in transforming and empowering the South Side. Your partnership directly impacts lives and we could not do this without you. 

          Real Stories from Real People

          Our Blog

          Tapestry Friday Update: Week 41

          Tapestry Friday Update: Week 41

          Dear CLDI friends and family, I hope the end of your summer is going well and finds you with the same excitement and anticipation that we have here at the Tapestry construction site. It's time for...

          Wholeness in Community

          Wholeness in Community

          Hannah House Spotlight by Jessica Smith If you’re like me, the first time I heard the word holistic, I basically tossed it aside because I had no idea what it meant. By definition, holistic means to...

          11 Months of Impact

          11 Months of Impact

          Internship Spotlight by Kaylee Thompson Eleven months. As a young adult, it can feel like such a significant chunk of time. Walking with our interns during my time as Internship Director, it is...