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

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:

9 November 2017

The Spring edition of our journal Around the House is now available on the web-site.  This edition includes articles on:

This edition contains the following article:

31 October 2017

Shelter's annual report for 2016-17 is now available for members and supporters to see what we achieved in the last financial year.  The achievements spanned a broad canvass - consulting with communities across the State, working with public tenants to give voice to their experiences and wishes and to keep them informed as public housing undergoes huge changes; campaigning to ensure the affordability was at the heart of the new Greater Sydney Commission's plans for greater Sydney; starting the conversation...

5 September 2017

The peak housing advocacy body, Shelter NSW, today urged the NSW Government to adopt the key recommendations of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), released today in the final report of its Review of rent models for social and affordable housing.

“Social housing in NSW and around Australia is currently unsustainable” said Shelter CEO, Karen Walsh.