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.


Latest news

22 November 2016

You are invited Shelter NSW’s final event for the year – a forum on reforms that could have a big impact on housing affordability.

When: Monday 5 December 2016 -  2:30 pm — 4.30 pm

Where: Mitchell Theatre - Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: Free

Click HERE to register – registrations close Thursday 1 December 2016.

21 November 2016

In it's media release today, Shelter called for stronger measures to improve housing affordability in response to the the Greater Sydney Commission's draft district plans released today (21 November).

Shelter welcomed the substantial recognition of housing affordability as a problem for Sydney, by the Greater Sydney Commission; and said that the framework document, Towards our Greater Sydney 2056, and the draft plans for the region’s 6 districts, should provide useful starting point for public discussion.

16 November 2016

Following submissions and meetings with housing sector peaks, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard,  decided to put on hold the tabling of legislation that would have allowed bonds to be charged for public tenants.  This will allow time for a further review.  The issues the Minister wants to consider further are: 

16 November 2016

History will be made for the Aboriginal housing sector in NSW with the announcement of the move towards the formation of a peak body for Aboriginal housing in NSW.  Family and Community Services and Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard will launch the move to establish the Aboriginal housing peak on 9th December 2016 at University of NSW CBD campus at 9.45am.  The peak will ensure that Aboriginal housing providers have an independent collective voice.

9 November 2016

Media release

Peak advocacy organization for affordable housing, Shelter NSW, has welcomed key elements of the NSW Government’s urban transformation strategy for the Parramatta Road corridor in Sydney.

Mary Perkins, Shelter NSW executive officer, said that the strategy was better than the draft that had been on public exhibition in 2 ways.

8 November 2016

The heads of 30 welfare agencies gathered in Sydney on Friday 4 November, to warn Housing and Homelessness Ministers that a new wave of homelessness will hit the country if Federal funding is cut.