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.
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We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.
Shelter NSW has produced an account of the housing related measures in the 12 May Commonwealth Budget. While very little was unchanged or unknown, a new remote Indigenous housing strategy has been announced to coincide with the phase out of the current partnership agreement. The Update is available here.
Housing Policy Peak National Shelter has pointed to the findings of the Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Housing Affordability as clear evidence of the need for urgent budget action.
The Inquiry found that far too many Australian households live in housing stress, struggle to find adequate accommodation, pay too much and face homelessness as a consequence.
National Shelter has issued a 'Call to Action' appealing to all supporters for donantions to allow it to continue its almost 40 years of advocating for the housing needs of low income Australian households.
Altrady it has received support from major charities. Now it's appealing to all supporters around the country.
See the Appeal letter here (and note the account details at the bottom)
Social Housing Minister, Brad Hazzard, has just announced a new agreement between the NSW Government and Common Equity NSW, that will help relocating a housing co-operative operating in Millers Point. The Compound co-op tenants were to have been left to fend for themselves. Now the whole co-op will be relocated in the Inner West and the umbrella group, Common Equity, will also build 13 new social housing units in Fairfield for seniors.
Common Equity NSW will receive $4 million from the NSW Government and will contribute a further $4.6 million to purchase eight new properties to rehouse current tenants at ‘The Compound’ and to build 13 new social housing units for seniors in Fairfield in Sydney’s south west.
Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard, has announced that social and affordable housing will be given high priority under the NSW Government with a forum to source innovative delivery methods to be held on May 25. The forum will be chaired by two former NSW Premiers – former NSW Liberal Premier Nick Greiner and former NSW Labor Premier Morris Iemma – "highlighting the critical importance of this issue to the entire NSW community" .
See Shelter's press release on the announcement