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

Registrations now open for the 2015 Housing Economics for Non-Economists

Once again it's time for the popular Shelter lecture series, Housing Economics for Non-Economists.  This year's series, presented by four distinguished academics in an accessible form, will be held over 4 weeks starting on Monday, 2 March, 2015.  The full information and registraion details can be found here.

Registrations open for Shelter's 2015 conference - Housing Wellbeing and the City

Registrations are now open for Shelter's 2015 conference, Housing wellbeing and the city.  It will be held on Thursday, 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 questions such as:

  • What are the issues that people face with their housing in areas where the best locations are already taken and where the new housing is being built on the edges?
  • What do people’s housing circumstances tell us about inequality in our society?
  • How are the life chances of people affected by where they live, if the locations are disadvantaged in some way — like lacking in government-provided transport, jobs, or social services?
  • How are the life chances of disadvantaged people affected by where they live, if they are less able to be employed, to provide their own transport, or participate in society in the same ways as everyone else?

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Bill Randolph, Director of the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW.

A full program will be available soon.  For information on registration and fees click here

To register on-line click here

New report for Shelter shows the cost to government of increasing social housing supply

This report, The cost of increasing social and affordable housing supply in New South Wales, prepared for Shelter by Sphere company, explores the crucial question of how we can increase the supply of social housing to help fill the alarming supply gap and take pressure off social housing waiting lists.  It models the subsidy cost of different levels of supply, under a number of different scenarios. It makes clear that, with the right settings, social housing supply can be increased cost effectively.

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.




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