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.

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We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.


Latest news

19 October 2016

This report examines the Australian literature on issues faced by tenants in public housing estate renewal programs. The bulk of the review was carried out in late 2013 and early 2014.  This edition brings it up to late 2016. It uses publicly available information from approximately the past 10 years, drawing on academic, community and government sources to identify the key issues for tenants and how renewal projects respond to these issues.   The report can be downloaded here.

11 October 2016

Shelter NSW, the state advocacy group for affordable housing, has called on the Government to include at least 30 percent of affordable housing in the 10,700 dwellings that the Government now proposes for Sydney Olympic Park.

Mary Perkins, Executive Officer of Shelter NSW, said that since the site is mostly in government ownership, the master plan gives the Government an opportunity to deliver on its affordable housing commitments under its Plan for growing Sydney strategy.

6 October 2016

The decision to sell all public housing in Millers Point, the Rocks and Dawes Point and relocate the tenants to other areas has attracted fierce debate. Few are unaffected by the plight of those who’ve lost their homes and for whom the loss of ties to place and community continues to cause ongoing grief.  Professor Alan Morris from the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at UTS conducted a study exploring the impact of this process on the tenants.

6 October 2016

After delaying for nearly 7 years, the government has announced the next round of transfers of public housing to community housing management.  The Minister, Brad Hazzard, announced (FACS) would transfer, on a long leasehold basis, management of approximately 18,000 properties to the community sector.  This delivers on a COAG agreement made in 2009 to transfer up to 35% of social housing to community housing providers.

4 October 2016

Shelter is saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of Ross Smith of Peoples Precinct Waterloo.

Ross was an active member of Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board as the Peoples Precinct rep, a member of Counterpoint Community Services, King Cross Community Centre and South Sydney Community Aid, Treasurer and long-standing member of REDWatch, volunteer of South Sydney Herald and  active Australian Labor Party  member.