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

New Urban Issues lecture series starts soon - register now

It's time to register for our exciting new community education product - a lecture series on Urban Issues.  Urban issues and planning have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system – for better or worse.

The series is aimed at both policy makers and non-profit housing advocates – and anyone wanting to understand planning and urban issues and how to influence them. It will explore how urnab geography affects equity, how the planning system works, how urban planning affects affordable housing, and how citizens can influence planning decisions.

The lecture series will build on the model of our successful,  ‘Housing economics for non-economists’ lectures which we have run in March over the past five years. This Urban Issues series will involve 4 separate lectures on 4 consecutive Monday afternoons in October and early November. Each session will consist of a one-hour lecture by a prominent expert on the topic, followed by questions and discussion.

See more information on the lecturers and topics and fees.  Registrations are now open and can be made on-line or by downloading the registration form.

 Latest additions to urban policy factsheets series

Our latest addition to the new urban policy factsheet series are two factsheets that explain some key terms in housing and urban policy - 'affordable housing' and 'social housing'.

Submission to Inquiry into social housing tenancy management available

The Legislative Assembly Public Accounts Committee is conducting an inquiry into tenancy management in social housing.  The terms of reference include cost effectiveness compared to the private sector or community housing, as well as support services accessed through social housing.  Submissions closed earlier this month and have now been posted on the Parliamentary web-site.  Here is the link to Shelter's submission.

New Shelter Brief on issues for tenants in public housing renewal projects

This Shelter Brief No 56, Issues for tenants in public housing renewal projects: literature search findings, examines the Australian literature on issues faced by tenants in public housing estate renewal programs. It uses publicly available information from approximately the past 10 years to identify the key issues for tenants and how renewal projects respond to these issues.

It examines two sorts of projects, “community renewal” which focuses on social interventions and “urban renewal” which focuses on physical redevelopment of a community. The main focus of the project is on urban renewal, but there is often considerable overlap between the two approaches.  The second part of the report examines the context and background to urban renewal in New South Wales and Australia.





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