Laura was turned down for help by the local council, after fleeing a violent home with her two children.

They slept in the car that night. After being refused help for the second day running, Laura came to us.

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Read their story

Shelter at 50

Fifty years ago, we were in the grip of a housing crisis. With three million people living in slums, Shelter was born out of the belief that this injustice must be put right.

We've been a champion for people facing bad housing and homelessness. since 1966 - but the fight isn't over yet...

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Read our history


We responded to over 5 million requests for help last year.

We responded to 5 million requests for housing advice last year


85,315 people joined our campaigns and fundraising in 2014.

85,315 people joined in our campaigns and fundraising in 2014.


79% of your donations are spent on helping people

79% of your donations go directly to assisting people in need

How your money is spent

For every £1 you donate, 79p goes towards helping people struggling with bad housing and homelessness. And for every £1 we spend on fundraising, we raise another £3.80 to put back into our services.


Shelter at 50: the fight isn’t over

See what we’ve achieved since 1966 – and what’s left to do to end the housing crisis

Visit our 50th anniversary website