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.
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.
This full day workshop will outline the housing context for the election, present National Shelter's policy asks for the parties, hear from representatives of the parties, followed by workshops on how we can advocate during the election campaign and how we can keep the pressure up after.
Anglicare's annual Renatal Snapshot show no improvement in Sydney and a worsening problem outside the metro area. Anglicare reports: "Over the first weekend in April, the Anglicare member network surveyed 75,410 rental properties across Australia and found just 21 properties were affordable for single adults living on Newstart, and only one was suitable for young people living on Youth Allowance."
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.
The 2016 Housing Economics for Non-economists lecture series has just finished. While it is targeted to non-ecomomists, the four lectures are delivered by leading academics in their fields:
The presentations and all the background readings are now available to be downloaded.