Research has found that potentially only five percent of compulsive hoarders come to the attention of professionals. When the problem is reported to authorities and the hoarder is deemed to have broken health codes, sanitation laws or anti-social behaviour regulations, they can face punitive legal action, which includes having children taken into care and/or eviction.
Support services, who receive little relevant information about hoarding, are kept spinning in a revolving door of punitive, but ineffective actions.
Communities torn between concern and care for neighbours and their own quality of life. “The extent and severity of hoarding makes it clear that this can be a problematic condition from the standpoint of public health threat, costs to the public and even loss of life. Effective social and/or individual intervention for problematic hoarding is clearly needed.”
Hoarding UK agrees and is actively working with people who hoard, families, services and communities. Our goal is to create local hoarding task forces, involving mental health, environmental, support/social work teams coming together to solve, not salve, this problem!
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