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.
Registrations are open for this important conference, which will be held on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.
The conference will look at the new demands on the private rental market. Public housing is being more tightly rationed & home ownership is further out of reach. Today many more households - particularly low income households - are looking to the private rental market for long-term housing. Is it up to the job? What needs to change? How do advocacy and welfare organisations help? The results of three important surveys will be announced at the conference.
The state government announced a program of ‘urban activation precincts’ in the middle of 2012, which is a mechanism to create new planning controls that foster greater density of development in identified locations. Eight sites, all in Sydney, were nominated for investigation as UAPs in 2013. This 'Shelter NSW Update' outlines how the mechanism works, and gives a progress report on how it is being rolled out across those eight sites.
Our popular lecture series ‘Housing economics for non-economists’ strated last Monday 3rd. The next three lectures are on 10, 17 and 24 March 2014, presented by four leading academics. Check out more information on the series - including some readings and presentations Registrations are now closed. But if you missed out, you can check out the overheads for the first session 'Tax &Housing'.
The Planning Bill 2013, which would replace the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, was amended in the Legislative Council in November and is being reconsidered by the Government. The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard MP, is expected to make a statement to the Legislative Assembly on February 25.
Meanwhile, we have produced a number of information sheets about the Legislative Council amendments that deal with affordable housing. There are four information sheets. The first is a description of the content of those amendments; the second a longer description of the amendment that allows for inclusionary housing; the third is an outline of the role of local affordable-housing schemes; and lastly an outline of parliamentary processes when the two houses of Parliament disagree on a Bill.
Transfer of tenanted public-housing dwellings to community-housing providers has a certain political currency. This Update, reports on some recent and not so recent research on the issues for public tenants whose homes are transferred to community housing – in particular the AHURI study, released last October, ‘Public housing transfers: past, present and prospective’, by Pawson, Milligan, Wiesel and Hulse.
The December issue of Around the House is now available - with an article by Mary Perkins looking at whether the new Strata changes will mean low-income people lose their homes, a discussion of whether 'value uplift sharing' might be a way to win wider support for contributions to affordable housing by Craig Johnston, a look at what might follow the abolition of the National Housing Supply Council ... and more...
The end of each year provides a small bonanza of data about housing assistance programs from the annual reports for the previous financial year. This Update, Financing housing assistance - information from state government agencies financial reports, pulls together the informatiom from the annual reports of the Land & Housing Corporation, Housing NSW, the Aboriginal Housing Office, the Teacher Housing Authority and City West Housing.
The idea of ‘value capture’ is a simple one: if the value of a piece of land increases as a result of an action initiated by someone other than the landowner, then the value of that increase should not necessarily all go to the landowner.
Why would such a mechanism be considered in public policy, and especially in relation to facilitating affordable housing? How does it link to broader issues around financing of infrastructure? And how has the mechanism, or the idea, been used in New South Wales for local-government initiatives around affordable housing? This 'Update' discusses these issues.
Shelter Annual Report 2012-13
The Annual Report 2012-13 and the financial audit is available here. An overview of how Shelter spent the past year and what's been achieved.
The latest Shelter brief, Heritage and Social Housing - Shelter brief No. 54, can now be downloaded. The brief explores the implications of heritage controls for social housing repairs, maintenance, modifications and redevelopments.
The summary and presentations from this workshop, held on October 8, are now available
NSW federal electorates listed by housing stress
Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH), with the help of the Council to Homeless Persons, has produced a list of Federal electorates ranked by the proportion of households in housing stress. Together with the AAH release of their election statements, here are.
NSW Auditor General says public housing should be better used, but doesn’t tackle lack of funding
The Auditor General called on the NSW government to set a new, sustainable direction for public housing in New South Wales “that can function within the available funding”. The performance audit of both Housing NSW (HNSW) and the Land and Housing Corporation (LHC) released 30 July 2013, found that with some people waiting for more than ten years to get a house, the waiting list could be more than 86,000 by 2016 unless things change. It says public housing is ageing and increasingly not fit for purpose. While the problems are clear, Shelter said in its press release today that the report “has avoided a fundamental problem and that is that the available funding for the system is not adequate