“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

Mission

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.

Helplines

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:

215-751-1800

215-545-5728

Social Media

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

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

Meetings & Events

Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force

Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9:00-11:00am

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

PHILLY VOICE

"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

NAPO-GPC

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.

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.”

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

2010

By Kenneth J. Weiss, MD

Clinical Resources

Group Facilitation Guide

LEADING THE BURIED IN TREASURES WORKSHOP

Spring 2014

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.