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’s media release, responding to yesterday’s state budget, says that a fairer budget would have reinvested spiralling stamp duty into affordable housing for struggling renters.
While Shelter acknowledged and welcomed the election commitment to establish a billion dollar fund to support future investment in social and affordable housing, this is yet to be developed. That alone will still only make a small contribution to filling the gap.
With this budget’s $2.1 billion surplus on the back of stamp duty from our unaffordable housing market, there was a chance to do more, and to do it quickly. Once again, those that are doing it hardest are left waiting. See the media release here
On June 18, Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, announced the appointment of five new Board members to the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO).
The appointments include a new Chair, Leah Armstrong, who replaces retiring Chair Michelle Craig. The other board members are: Leah Armstrong, Anthony Ashby, Damien Bidjara-Barnes, Neva Collings, Mayrah Sonter, Craig Taylor, Wendy Morgan, Guy Jones, Gavin Brown, Beverley Manton
Shelter wishes to acknowledge Michelle's tireless work over a number of years and wishes her well in the future. We would like to congratulate all the new appointees.
The June edition of our journal, Around the House, is now available on-line here. This issue looks at the need for housing tax reform, a message from the new minister, Brad Hazzard, the outcomes of the consultation on social housing in NSW, housing affordability in the regions (from our recent conference), refugees and housing (also from the conference), the impact of moves on older people ... and more.
On 15 June, NSW housing and homlessness peaks released a joint statement on the current public discussion about housing affordability. The statement called for action and identified some of the suite of measures that will be needed. The statement is available here.
Today (11 June) National Shelter responded to the comments by the treasurer, Joe Hockey, that the solution to housing affordability in Sydney is to get a good job, by reminding government that it's policy of favouring speculative investment is ending the 'dream' of home ownership. But Shelter points out that renters are doing it toughest. See National Shelter's press release.