"They don't want what's right. They want the cheapest solution to everything."

This week we're taking action on the letting agents letslivehere, calling on them to commit to higher standards. Over the next few days we'll be sharing stories from people who've rented with them to show why things need to get better. Some names in this series have been changed to protect identities.  Read Estefany's story below.   Continue reading

People, power, action! ACORN Newcastle trains 20 in community organising

 “Inclusive, exciting, empowering and inspiring"  -  “Informative, inspiring and fun”  -  "Absolutely brilliant!" We did a training weekend!   Continue reading

ACORN Newcastle celebrates historic win in campaign for better housing

"It was such a positive day. I was really pleased that most of the people we spoke to had heard of ACORN and gave us positive feedback about the campaign. We've achieved such a great deal in the last 4 months, the signing event was testament to that and all signs seem to point to the group growing and growing". Steph, ACORN Newcastle Member. Continue reading

From Small ACORNS

A Living Tradition is a small Newcastle-based community interest company, which reflects on the heritage of human rights and community cohesion work in the Northeast of England and uses it as an inspiration to encourage further work now and in the future.  Peter Sagar from A Living Tradition has written a reflection of some of the housing problems which have traditionally afflicted some people on Tyneside and documented how people have historically tried to alleviate these problems. Following on from this, Peter has recorded on the progress made by ACORN between the summer of 2015 and March 2016. It is really interesting reading and shows how the hard work and successes of ACORN are part of a long and proud tradition of working to improve housing in Newcastle and the wider conurbation of Tyneside.  To read more, click here.  

A first for Newcastle

  "I was so glad to feel like progress is being made on an issue that has been affecting me for years. I think the scale of the problem was apparent yet people still remained positive and respectful! I'm really pleased the letting agents also seemed to appreciate the problem needs solving" - Ellen, ACORN member. Continue reading

Make your voices heard on renting! Public event 3rd March

On Thursday 3rd March, 6:30pm, at Chillingham Road Primary School, we will be having a public meeting on renting.   Continue reading

From Newcastle to Bristol and beyond - ACORN's National Team

Alongside Bristol, ACORN has groups in London, Reading, Newcastle and Birmingham. With teams across the country building local groups, it’s important for us to get together, share ideas, offer support and build the national team. Continue reading

Things to come in 2016

2015 was a big year for the housing crisis. It seems that everyone in the country is talking about it. Houses prices going through the roof (no pun intended), housing policies that benefit the rich and growing awareness of horrifying statistics showing how poor housing affects our health. And let’s not forget that 350,000 renters were evicted last year.  Continue reading