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.
Early bird registrations ends in one week - on 2nd April. So now's the time to register for the the 2015 Shelter conference, Housing wellbeing and the city. The conference is on Thursday 23 April at the NSW Teachers Federation.
The pressures of urban development are affecting well-being and housing in cities across NSW. This conference explores what is happening and what can be done.
For information on speakers, cost and registration go to the conference flyer here.
On 24 March, national housing peaks and ACOSS released a comprehensive plan to tackle our housing & homelessness crisis. An affordable housing reform agenda - goal & recommendations for reform provides a blueprint for the sort of government action we urgently need. The full document and a summary can each be downloaded.
The latest edition of our journal, Around the House, the 100th edition, is now available on the web-site.
There is also an Election Supplement - please make sure you look at that first. Most of the edition is devoted to articles the tease out the policy issues in our 10 Key Issues for the election. However, campaigns move fast and new major housing announcements have been made after the journal went to press, so the supplement updates our article on the parties' platforms.
The issue also looks at the Social Housing consultations and submission, and at the Federalism discussion paper.
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 rental housing - and the deepening inequality and hardship this is causing.
Shelter has congratulated the Coalition on its re-election; and called on it to ensure that its election committment to establish a fund of up to $1 billion to help finance social and affordable housing makes significant inroads into the shortage of affordable rental housing for low income households. See our media release.