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

18 January 2018

Shelter NSW has made a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee review of the Bill to change social housing and homelessness funding from the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) to a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).

On 16 November 2017, the Senate referred the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness) Bill 2017 to the Economics Legislation Committee. The Bill provides the legislative framework for the new bilateral agreements under the NHHA, replacing the current multilateral NAHA.

20 December 2017

Shelter NSW together with Homelessness NSW, the Tenant's Union of NSW, Churches Housing, NCOSS and Yfoundations, wrote to Premier Berejiklian asking the NSW Government to invest the $2 billion in public money allocated to rebuild sporting stadiums, towards homes and services for vulnerable and low income households in NSW.

Homelessness, rental affordability and rental insecurity for low income households are at a crisis level;

4 December 2017

Shelter's submission to the Draft Future Transport Strategy 2056 draws attention to the potential role of the transport strategy to impact on the housing outcomes for low and moderate income households.  We point to some key considerations that we believe should be reflected in the plan to ensure that the future transport developments in NSW enhance, rather than constrain the housing-related well-being of lower income households in the State.

29 November 2017

“The latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) tells us that there are whole sections of our community who can’t find affordable rental accommodation in the state of New South Wales”, Shelter NSW CEO, Karen Walsh said.

“The RAI clearly shows that our current housing system is not ‘fit for purpose’. We have a shortage of 100,000 social and affordable housing dwellings and we can’t afford to do more of the same. Governments need to focus on increasing the supply of social and affordable housing”.

14 November 2017

We have just uploaded 3 recent Shelter submissions to the web-site. They are submissions to: