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.
This issue focuses on the issues surrounding the federal election - including an article by economist Saul Eslake on the Capital Gains Tax discount. All the housing policies that are known in these last couple of weeks for the 3 main parties are listed
It also covers one of the pressing issues for many communities - particularly social housing communities - greatly increased density.
The issue is available here.
A short supplement analysising the 2016 NSW State budget from a housing point of view is now also available here.
Shelter welcomed the Government’s commitment of new funding to housing assistance initiatives that will help lower-income and disadvantaged households in private rental housing.
It also welcomed funding for programs to help improve education & employment outcomes for public housing residents, including children in public-housing families; and a boost to funding tohomelessness services for young people.
But Shelter is still concerned that a steady and enhanced supply of social-housing needs a capital injection through the Budget process.
For this crucial election, National Shelter has joined with Homelessness Australia (HA), the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), to launch 5 key reforms to deliver affordable housing and help end homelessness.
The campaign, Vote Home 2016, will be pushing parties to commit to these reforms and will continue throughout the election period – and you can use the policy document. See more about the campaign on the campaign site. Please become a campaign supporter by signing the petition or start your own.
Shelter has begun holding a series of consultation workshops over the rest of this year looking at the housing issues (for all tenure types) in each of the NSW Family & Community Services (FACS) regions to identify
The workshops help us understand what issues are common across different communities and where some issues are experienced differently. Importantly, the workshops help us understand what ideas people have or what they are doing to address these issues.
A background paper, NSW housing issues and public policy responses, has been prepared for participants - but is also a resource for anyone wanting to understand what policies and programs are available to respond to various housing needs in NSW.
On March 16, National Shelter delegates from around the country met with politicians from all parties at Parliament House with the message: stop playing politics with housing, and recognise the uegent need for action to fix our affordability crisis. See the National Shelter media release here.