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.


Latest news

22 May 2017

Rental affordability in Sydney has fallen to a record low, with the average tenant spending 29 per cent of their household income on a home, almost reaching the rental stress threshold of 30 per cent. Low income households are now almost completel;y priced out of the Sydney rental market - or are forced to go without basic necessities to keep a roof over their head.

22 May 2017

Shelter has welcomed the key findings and main recommendations of the Independent Commission on Pricing and Regulation (IPART) draft report of its inquiry into social housing rents.

24 April 2017

This report is the first stage of a joint project of Shelter NSW, Tenants' Union of NSW and the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW to develop a Compact for Renewal between agencies undertaking urban renewal and social housing tenants affected by renewal.

The Compact would represent an agreement about how urban renewal should be conducted in social housing areas and how social housingtenants were to be treatedand engaged.  Download the report here
24 April 2017

With the NSW government announcing the transfer of another 18,000 public housing properties to the community housing sector in coming years, many tenants are asking what it will mean for them and their tenure in social housing.

4 April 2017

Keeping a roof over your head can be tough in New South Wales, particularly for vulnerable people. Shelter NSW is today launching Regional Perspectives on Housing and Homelessness in a Facebook live event at 12:30pm. To participate, go to www.facebook.com/shelternsw

30 March 2017

The March issue of our journal Around the House is now available.  The articles in this isue are: