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.
Shelter has released its summary of the 10 key housing issues for the election. This election is time for the parties to genuinely face the problem of unaffordable housing - particularly rental housing - and the deepening inequality and hardship this is causing.
Once again it's time for the popular Shelter lecture series, Housing Economics for Non-Economists. This year's series, presented by four distinguished academics in an accessible form, will be held over 4 weeks starting on Monday, 2 March, 2015. The full information and registration details can be found here.
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.
Submissions in response to the FACS discussion paper 'Social Housing in NSW' closed on Friday 20 February.
Shelter submitted its response, together with the two reports we had commissioned on what tenants value about social housing and the cost of growing the system. You can download our response here.
With the government almost in caretaker for the coming election, we will wait to see what the next Minister makes of it all.