HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold invite you to rethink community and support this essential downtown Calgary housing initiative. Conceived as a practical and creative partnership to directly address issues in our city including lack of affordable housing options, depressed economic conditions, and the competition for funding between community organizations, Project Thrive is so much more than a typical fundraising campaign: it’s a holistic approach to housing insecurity for families who need it the most, a call to action to reinvigorate the downtown core, and an investment in the city’s future. Shelter, transitional housing, affordable housing and supports, all under one roof.

The Vision—Rethinking Community

Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace understand that our community becomes stronger with partnerships like this. Together, both organizations can accomplish so much more than each could hope to achieve on their own.

Demonstrating leadership and innovation, the two non-profit organizations focused on housing insecurity and homelessness and have combined their areas of expertise for a first-of-its-kind, made-in-Calgary solution: the conversion of a vacant downtown office space into shelter and affordable housing for more than 180 Calgarians in need.

Situated in a prime location with easy access to transit and essential amenities, Sierra Place, at 706 7 Ave SW, is a vacant downtown tower perfect for a retrofit, providing over 80 units of affordable housing, as well as a childcare center, family shelter, and programming space.

Within 12 months (move-in dates are slated for fall 2022), the Sierra Place conversion will provide housing for vulnerable populations including low-income families and individuals such as seniors, adults with disabilities, Indigenous people, and newcomers to Canada, creating a tangible difference in the quality of life for residents and helping moving families to independence.

The Financial Goal:

Project Thrive is a unique $30 million housing project, which will amplify benefits to families, create 160 private sector jobs, and infuse vibrancy and economic stimulation in Calgary. By working together, HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold are able to move forward and advance their respective missions and visions for the future while creating efficiencies, ensuring their sustainability and assuring each organization’s long-term financial security.

With 95% of the project funded through private donors, Government and corporate grants, Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace launched a shared $6.5M fundraising campaign to make this project a reality.

Please donate generously to ensure that Calgary’s most vulnerable families have shelter, supports, and permanent housing while bringing life back to the downtown core.

We are proud to count the City of Calgary as a project partner that sees this building renovation as an important first step to bolstering Calgary’s struggling downtown core. The City has pledged 5.5 million to the project, situating the redevelopment of the Sierra Place family hub inside a larger commitment to reinvigorating Calgary’s downtown.

Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace are 95% of the way towards fully funding the project through a public fundraising campaign to bring Project Thrive forward to the community.

Your Gift:

Your gift supports a holistic approach solution, as we work to solving the issue of homelessness and housing insecurity in the city of Calgary.

Your donation to Project Thrive will benefit hundreds of vulnerable families for years to come—and in the short term, you will be helping to create homes for approximately 180 Calgarians, including women, children, and seniors.  Community donations will be used to purchase, renovate, and secure state-of-the-art shelter, transitional and affordable housing units within Sierra Place, providing families with the right environment to thrive and step away from experiencing homelessness.

As a member of the Calgary community, we invite you to consider supporting this project with a charitable gift donation.

Recognition and Naming Options:

In appreciation of your support and generosity, we will work with you to develop a customized recognition plan acknowledging your gift. There are opportunities for you to be recognized in the space and for you to provide messages of hope and encouragement to clients and community members.