Project Thrive

Welcome to Project Thrive!

HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold 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.

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The Vision— Rethinking Community

HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold 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 have 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 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 Sierra Place as part of Project Thrive.

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 over 75% of the project funded through private donors, Government and corporate grants, Inn from the Cold and HomeSpace are launching 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 over 90% of the way towards fully funding the project and have launched a public fundraising campaign to bring Project Thrive forward to the community.

Read our case for support for more information

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.

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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.

Meet the Cabinet

Project news & updates

Don't want to see kids homeless in Calgary, support affordable housing.

Revitalizing Calgary buildings for vulnerable families (City News) November 22, 2021

Funding needed for project to convert vacant Calgary office building into affordable housing (Global News) November 18, 2021

Calgary’s first office-to-housing conversion to begin construction (Canadian Architect) July 8, 2021

Calgary’s affordable solution to vacancy problems (Global National News) June 19, 2021

Construction set to begin to convert Calgary office tower into affordable housing (Calgary Herald) June 16, 2021

Conceptual renderings of Sierra Place (click to expand)



Project Thrive Launch Video

Who to contact for more information about Project Thrive?

Inn from the Cold

Heather Morley, Executive Director
Jose Guillen, Director of External Relations


Bernadette Majdell, CEO