Welcome to National Shelter
We aim improve housing access, affordability, appropriateness, safety and security for people on low incomes. Since 1976, National Shelter has worked towards this goal by influencing government policy and action, and by raising public awareness about housing issues.
A large number of Australian households struggle to access secure, affordable housing. In 2007, more than one million low- and moderate-income households were in ‘housing stress’, paying more than 30% of their income on housing. Over 100,000 Australians were homeless on the night of the 2006 census. Without assistance, these households will continue to suffer from poverty and disadvantage.
Our advocacy aims to influence policy, legislative, funding and service delivery decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy includes media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research to promote public debate and awareness.
It’s not enough to just put money into housing programs. This money has to be well spent. Policies, programs and legislative arrangements need to be set up which best serve the needs of low-income households. Programs need to ensure that housing is affordable, adequate, secure, accessible, well-located and responsive to changing needs.
As part of its work, National Shelter has carried out research and consultation on issues of concern to low-income households. Pieces of work issued between 2009 and 2011 were funded by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Making Liveable Environments
Good housing doesn’t stop at the front door. It is important that housing is located in communities which are good places to live, within easy reach of transport, employment, education and essential services.
National Shelter has been active in promoting good policies for urban and regional development, and in drawing the connections between urban planning and housing affordability and quality.