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There are many pathways to a healthy & safe home, but they all start by setting small goals. This Initial Benchmarks Worksheet helps individuals struggling with clutter set harm reduction goals in their home and puts them on a path to success. Check it out!


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.

Visit About Us for more information.

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:

Call Action Wellness at 215-981-0088

60 years of age and above:

Call CARIE at 215-545-5728

Social Media

Follow the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram for regular updates and information.

Sign up for the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force Mailing List here.

Meetings & Events

Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force

Quarterly Meeting

October 23, 2019

Email info@philadelphiahoarding.org for more information.


Introduction to Hoarding Behaviors Workshop

If your organization is interested in trainings on hoarding disorder, intervention and resources, please contact us at info@philadelphiahoarding.org.

Articles & Reports


"That’s what it’s like to be a hoarder or a clutterer. The clutter overwhelms the beautiful things you love so you can’t even see them anymore"

'They’re going to judge me’: Hoarders confess why it gets worse with age.

How to help a hoarder set goals and make progress

Do you have hoarding disorder?

Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2019


“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


"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


Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force – In Its Second Year & Making Headway!

June 15, 2015

By Yasmin Goodman, Organized At Last

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

Rethinking Hoarding Intervention

February 4, 2015

MBHP’s analysis of the Hoarding Intervention and Tenancy Preservation Project

The Atlantic

Homeless and Hoarding

January 7, 2015

For those in poverty, excessively stockpiling possessions can act as a link to a more prosperous past or insurance for a difficult future.

The New Yorker

Let It Go

December 15, 2014

Are we becoming a nation of hoarders?

Everyday Health

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.

Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists Times

At Home with Hoarders

Spring 2012

By Annette Reyman, All Right Organizing

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Hoarding, Hermitage, and the Law: Why We Love the Collyer Brothers


By Kenneth J. Weiss, MD

2019 Conference Slides

Slides are for educational purposes only. Please do copy these slides without written permission from the presenter.

Hoarding Disorder and Strategies for Sorting & Discarding

Presenter: Courtney Owen, LCSW, Jewish Family and Children Services

Oh no, bugs! Understanding Infestation

Presenter: Dion Lerman, MPH, ACE, HHS, Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program

Hoarding and the Law: When does hoarding cross the line?

Presenter: David Wengert, MSW, Community Legal Services

2018 Conference Slides

Slides are for educational purposes only. Please do copy these slides without written permission from the presenter.

Renting and Hoarding

How landlords and tenants can collaborate to keep properties healthy safe

Presenter: David Wengert, MSW, Community Legal Services Housing Unit

Sustained Motivation and Goal Setting

Considerations for Sorting and Discarding

Presenter: Danny Torrance, MAPP, Liberty Community Connections

Hoarding Disorder: Phenomenology and Treatment

Presenter: Marla Deibler, Psy.D., Center for Emotional Health

Clinical Resources

Group Facilitation Guide


Spring 2017

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 Resources to help address hoarding behaviors and related issues.