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

 Latest issue of Around the House now available on-line

The Shelter newsletter, Around the House No. 99 is out.  It explores the new geography of suburban disadvantage, the planning system & affordable housing, the new Social housing in NSW discussion paper, Shelter stat election key issues, the 'planning for people charter', and more ...

Shelter releases it's 10 key issues for NSW elections 2015

Shelter has released its summary of the 10 key housing issues for the election.  This election is time for the parties to genuinely face the problem of unaffordable housing - particularly rentaln housing - and the deepening inequlaity and hardship this is causing.

New Shelter Update pulls together financial info on social housing

This Shelter Update consolidates the financial information relating to the housing activities of various agencies within the Department of Family & Community Services (FACS).  It is drawn from the 2013-14 FACS Annual Report.

Shelter annual report available

Our 2013-14 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.

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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