Welcome to the website of Shelter NSW, the state’s peak advocate for housing justice. Shelter unites the voices of low-income tenants and non-profit organisations working on their behalf.

We conduct research and education on housing issues, and advocate to government to make the housing system work better for those on low incomes.

We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation and are not aligned to any political party or commercial organisation.

Become a member to support our work towards a fair and just housing system: to apply to be a member or subscriber, download our membership/subscription form.

We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.


What's new

Housing wellbeing & the city conference - a couple of days to go!

It's only a couple of days to go to the conference!.
So now's your last chance IMG 6610to register for the the 2015 Shelter
conference, Housing wellbeing and the city.

The conference is on Thursday 23 April at the NSW
Teachers Federation.

The pressures of urban development are affecting well-being
and housing in cities across NSW.  This conference explores
what is happening and what can be done.


For information on speakers, cost and registration  go to the conference flyer here.

The latest program is also now available. Download it here.  

You can also register on-line.



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National housing peaks & ACOSS release plan to address affordability crisis

 On 24 March, national housing peaks and ACOSS released a comprehensive plan to tackle our housing & homelessness crisis.  An affordable housing reform agenda - goal & recommendations for reform provides a blueprint for the sort of government action we urgently need. The full document and a summary can each be downloaded.

100th edition of Around the House out

The latest edition of our journal, Around the House, the 100th edition, is now available on the web-site.

There is also  an Election Supplement - please make sure you look at that first.  Most of the edition is devoted to articles the tease out the policy issues in our  10 Key Issues for the election.  However, campaigns move fast and new major housing announcements have been made after the journal went to press, so the supplement updates our article on the parties' platforms.

The issue also looks at the Social Housing consultations and submission, and at the Federalism discussion paper.

Chance for the new government to make a real difference on housing affordability

Shelter has congratulated the Coalition on its re-election; and called on it to ensure that its election committment to establish a fund of up to $1 billion to help finance social and affordable housing makes significant inroads into the shortage of affordable rental housing for low income households.  See our media release.

New report for Shelter shows the cost to government of increasing social housing supply

This report, The cost of increasing social and affordable housing supply in New South Wales, prepared for Shelter by Sphere company, explores the crucial question of how we can increase the supply of social housing to help fill the alarming supply gap and take pressure off social housing waiting lists.  It models the subsidy cost of different levels of supply, under a number of different scenarios. It makes clear that, with the right settings, social housing supply can be increased cost effectively.


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