Vision – what we want to achieve in the long-term in a perfect world
ACT Shelter believes that housing is a human right. Our vision is that everyone’s home be recognised as the safe, secure, affordable, sustainable foundation to well-being.
Values – how we will work
Our core values are:
Purpose – why we exist
ACT Shelter exists as an advocacy body to represent the housing issues of people on no, and low to moderate incomes in the ACT.
ACT Shelter is a non-profit organisation that aims to eliminate housing-related poverty. Under our constitution we aim to:
- Promote and maintain the right of every person to access affordable, safe and secure long-term housing that they identify as appropriate to their needs.
- Promote and maintain the right of every person to housing of a quality which enhances people’s health, well-being, dignity and life opportunities.
- Promote the benefits of public and community housing, and other forms of housing assistance in the community and all spheres of government.
- Publish, collect, research and disseminate information on matters relating to the provision of housing, particularly for people on low to moderate incomes.
- Create opportunities to support, establish, resource and coordinate non-government organisations and agencies with similar interests and objectives.
- Promote opportunities for members of the community to access housing-provision free from discrimination as a result of factors including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, health status or disability.
- Promote and support consumer and community participation in decision making in relation to their housing and to promote access to avenues of appeal across all housing tenures.
ACT Shelter identifies and welcomes the following as those with a particular interest in and relevance to its activities:
- Members – individuals or organisations in the Canberra community who recognise the importance of housing issues and who support our aims
- Government (ministers, MLAs, senior officers and bureaucrats) – those responsible for setting and implementing housing and housing-related policy as mandated by the citizens of the ACT
- Tenants – private, public and community tenants – those who can provide us with experiences of the rental market
- ACT residents on no, or low to moderate incomes – those who are in need of assistance to obtain and sustain a stable home
- Home owners – those who are struggling to maintain mortgage payments
- Community and public housing providers – those who provide direct provision of housing services
- Specialist homeless services – those who provide emergency shelter and support for the homeless
- Community organisations that represent particular interest groups, eg youth, older people, and others who are concerned about housing needs of their constituent group
- Developers, real estate agents, builders, and those who represent them and other organisations who may have impact on housing supply and pricing
- Tribunals and legislative advisors – those who control and regulate the equitable provision of housing
- Media – those who can influence public opinion on housing matters
ACT Shelter identifies the following as areas of strategic importance during 2012.
A. Housing supply and affordability
B. Access to housing
C. Housing appropriateness