Everyone has a right to a safe, secure and affordable place to call home

Many people on low to moderate incomes in Western Australia live in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, impacting on their ability  to meet other essential basic living costs. Despite a recent drop in rental prices, rents remain unaffordable for many people on low incomes. The cost of saving a deposit and buying a house is out of reach for many with the cost of purchase around 7 times the average annual income.

Shelter WA believes that it is unacceptable that homelessness remains persistent across our State, with more than 9,000 people experiencing homelessness every night, and another 7,000 people living in insecure housing, one step away from homelessness. Homelessness does not discriminate. Whilst Aboriginal people, seniors and young people, and people fleeing family and domestic violence are more likely to be homeless, it touches people of all ages, genders, cultures and regions.

Ending homelessness and addressing WA's housing affordability issues can be achieved. With the right policy settings and collective goodwill we can have a society where everybody has a safe and secure place to call home. 

Shelter WA provides a strong, recognised voice that advocates for affordable, appropriate and accessible housing for all. We work with our members and partners to achieve this goal.


National Shelter is conducting a research project to develop a better understanding about inclusionary zoning within our planning systems across Australia and we need your input. We invite you to complete a short survey about inclusionary zoning, and share the link with your colleagues and networks.

The Inclusionary Zoning Project is a priority for us in 2019 to assist us in our advocacy and policy work, to promote increasing the supply of social and affordable housing. The State and Territory Shelter organisations are collaborating with National Shelter and support this project.

The results of the survey will be published in a written report that describes how inclusionary zoning works in different jurisdictions, and a policy position about the best way advocate for inclusionary zoning consistently across Australia. We are building a network of supporters to help advocate for improved housing outcomes.

To keep up to date about the project please subscribe to our enews and National Shelters enews and follow us on social media: National Shelter Facebook, National Shelter Twitter, Shelter WA Facebook and Shelter WA Twitter.

Please also share with your colleagues who may be interested. Thank you!


Looking for accommodation?

Shelter WA is not a provider of accommodation. If you are seeking emergency accommodation, please call Entrypoint Perth on (08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008. 

For information on available housing supports across Western Australia, please visit our online support services directory, Housing Options & Resources.


Shelter WA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.


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