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 NSW has called on the State Government to incorporate a proportion of affordable housing in the proposed extra 50,000 dwellings the Government wants built along Parramatta Road in Sydney. Shelter EC, Mary Perkins, said new affordable-rental housing could be financed using a value-sharing mechanism such as already in place in Green Square and Ultimo-Pyrmont.
Shelter is one of the growing number of organisations that have endorsed the Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW - Planning for People.
Shelter’s one-day conference will be held on 23 April 2015.
At a time when our cities are being increasingly split geographically between places for the rich and places for the poor, this year’s conference will explore the need for a housing system that facilitates economically and socially mixed communities. This will include issues such as gentrification, strata reform, social housing policy, and planning policies.
Around the House No. 98 is now available here. This issue looks at some influential Federal reviews (welfare reform and the federation), State parliamentary inquiries, housing and older people, and homelessness reforms... And a 'portfolio strategy' crossword puzzle.
Our new lecture series on Urban Issues is underway. Urban issues and planning have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system – for better or worse.
It explores how urban geography affects equity, how the planning system works, how urban planning affects affordable housing, and how citizens can influence planning decisions.
The series has 4 separate lectures on 4 consecutive Monday afternoons in October and early November. The first three lectures are available here.
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.