Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace invite you to rethink community and support this essential housing initiative in downtown Calgary. Project Thrive is 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. It’s also a holistic approach to housing insecurity for families that need it the most, a call to action to reinvigorate the downtown core, and an investment in the city’s future. It’s an emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable housing and supports — all under one roof.
Let us introduce you to our new home, Neoma!
Project Thrive represents a collaborative partnership and first-of-its-kind project, between two leaders in the non-profit sector – HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold that will include:
82 affordable housing units
10 emergency family shelter spaces
37% below-market rents
Integrated support services
10 transitional housing units
160 private-sector jobs during construction
The Vision— Rethinking Community
Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace understand that our community becomes stronger with partnerships like this. We know that together, we can accomplish so much more than we could hope to achieve on our own.
Demonstrating leadership and innovation, our two non-profit organizations have focused on housing insecurity and homelessness and are combining our areas of expertise for a first-of-its-kind, made-in-Calgary solution: the conversion of a vacant downtown office space into a multi-family hub including shelter, affordable housing and wrap-around supports for more than 180 Calgarians in need.
Situated in a prime location with easy access to transit and essential amenities, Neoma, formerly known as Sierra Place at 706 7 Ave SW is a vacant downtown tower that’s perfect for a retrofit, providing 82 units of affordable housing, as well as a childcare centre, family emergency shelter, and programming space.
Inn from the Cold we be relocating all of our operations to Neoma as part of Project Thrive.
We are designing a purpose-built environment that supports and reinforces best practices in trauma-informed care for families. With the support of both organizations and future partner agencies, families will be supported in a dignified and culturally sensitive environment with access to emergency shelter, integrated support services and affordable housing all under one roof.
Our holistic approach ensures that families won’t fall through the cracks, will see more success in achieving and maintaining housing stability — and we are confident our unique approach will help break the cycle of homelessness.
The Financial Goal
Project Thrive is a unique $30 million housing project, which amplifies benefits to families, creates 160 private sector jobs during construction, and infuses vibrancy and economic stimulation in Calgary. By working together, HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold have been able to move forward and advance their respective missions and visions for the future while creating efficiencies and assuring each organization’s long-term financial security.
We are excited to share that 100% of the project has been funded thanks to the generosity of private donors, Government and corporate grants!
Your gift supports a holistic 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 families, 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 Neoma, 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.
Meet The Project Thrive Cabinet
Project Thrive Cabinet Members are community partners, professionals and Board Members of Inn from the Cold & HomeSpace who give back their time in promotion of Project Thrive’s vision and fundraising efforts in Calgary and beyond.
Walk by Neoma and you will see it transforming before your eyes! Construction has been quickly progressing and we are excited to share that our project is on time and on budget for a Fall 2022 opening.
Thank You To Our Donors (gifts $10,000 and above)
Government of Canada, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp, City of Calgary, Government of Alberta, Alberta Real Estate Association, The Anderson Family Charitable Foundation, Anonymous Donors, ATCO, BMO Bank of Montreal, Calgary Foundation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Clearwater Foundation, CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation, David Bissett, Enbridge Inc., EON Foundation, Genevieve Groulx, Gibson Energy, Home Depot Canada Foundation, J.N. Fyvie Family Fund at the Calgary Foundation, Jenny Belzberg, John Brussa, Kiewit Corporation, The Kinsmen Club of the Stampede City, Max and Denise Chan and Family, McCarthy Tetrault Foundation, Plains Midstream, Poelzer Family Foundation Fund, Rogers Communications, The Ruparell Family, Shaw Communications, Vermilion Energy and W. Brett Wilson
Thank you for rethinking community and making our multi-family hub possible!