“I just know I need to do this. I want to do it,” she says. “It’s a matter of understanding and reminding myself that this is not the end-all. It’s not going to stop or destroy my life.”
Read more about the Boston model of hoarding intervention and how the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force is teaming up.
Boston Globe Magazine November 2016
The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force is a coalition that seeks to improve outcomes for people who hoard and reduce the catastrophic consequences related to hoarding for residents of the City of Philadelphia.
Balancing the rights of the individual with the health and safety needs of the community, the task force works to provide individuals and organizations in the region with the tools they need to successfully overcome this challenging issue.
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Resources to Help
Looking for services to help someone who is hoarding? The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force has compiled a guide to resources in the Philadelphia area including:
- Professional Organizers
- Cleaning Services
- Social Work/Case Management
- Mental Health Services
- Financial Counseling
Visit Resources for more information.
If you have questions regarding hoarding-related resources in the Philadelphia area, please call one of two information lines based on the age of the person with hoarding behaviors:
Under 60 years of age:
60 years of age and above:
Meetings & Events
Articles & Reports
"Believe it or not, I hate clutter. I can’t function in it. But if I try to get rid of it, it somehow gets worse. I just can’t let go."
Read about the struggle with hoarding in Philadelphia and what the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force is doing to help. Philly Voice. June 15, 2016
From Collecting to Hoarding: Digging Out After a Decade
May 6, 2014
When Lee Shuer's hoarding disorder threatened to take over his home and marriage, coping strategies helped him regain control.
Skeptic Ink Network
Myths & Misconceptions about Hoarding Disorder
April 26, 2014
This post is part of a series of guest posts by graduate students in a Psychopathology course during Spring 2014. As part of their work for the course, each student had to demonstrate mastery of the skill of “Educating the Public about Mental Health.”
Group Facilitation Guide
LEADING THE BURIED IN TREASURES WORKSHOP
Facilitator's Guide to be used with Tolin, Frost & Steketee (2013, 2nd ed.) Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding, NY: Oxford University Press.
Visit the Resource Guide for more resources to help address hoarding behaviors and related issues.