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

Shelter AGM on Thurs 20 November - annual report available

Members are invited to Shelter NSW's Annual general Meeting on Thursday, 20 November 2014, at 4pm in training room 2, ground floor, 377-383 Sussex St, Sydney.  Join us  ... but please RSVP by 5pm Mon 17 November on 9267 5733 ext 13 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Annual Report and audited financial statements is now available on-line.

Shelter media release calls for more affordable homes for Paramatta Road

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 EO, 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 endorses 'Planning for People'

Shelter is one of the growing number of organisations that have endorsed the Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW - Planning for People.

Hold this date for the next Shelter conference

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.

Latest issue of Around the House out on-line

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.

New Urban Issues lecture series completed - lecture presentations available

Our new lecture series on Urban Issues has now been completed.  Urban issues and planning have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system – for better or worse.

It explored 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 had 4 separate lectures on 4 consecutive Monday afternoons in October and early November.   The four lectures are available here.




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