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

Anglicare report shows rents out of reach for low income households

The Anglicare rental affordability snapshot, just released, shows affordable housing is out of reach of people on low incomes.  Onle 1% of rental properties are affordable and suitable for households on benefits and only 16% were affordable for families with two adults earning the minimum wage. 

The report shows that it is not credible to base social housing policy on the expectation that most low income people can make a future from housing in the private rental market

Public housing bonds on agenda again

The new Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard, has raised the question of why public tenants shouldn't pay bonds.  The issue was last raised in 2012 by Greg Pearce.

The Tenants's Union's Brown Couch blog has a full discussion of the issue.

New Minister to FACS & housing

The Premier has announced the new Cabinet following last weeks election.  The new Minister for Family & Community Services (FACS) - which includes responsibility for social housing & homelessness - is Brad Hazzard.

Previously he has held the portfolios of Planning and Attorney General.  The previous Minister for FACS, Gabrielle Upton, has been appointed Attorney General.

Shelter welcomes Minister Hazzard to his new role and wished Minister Upton well in hers.

Chance for the new government to make a real difference on housing affordability

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.

Housing wellbeing & the city conference - presentations available

Presenters' powerpoint presentations can now be downloaded from the website

The conference was hel onon 23 April , and looked at the pressures of urban development affecting well-being and housing in cities across NSW; and  explored what is happening and what can be done.

You can see and download the presentations here.

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