Article written by Terry Prince in 2003, published in the NSGCD (ICD) newsletter - The Chronical explaining the complexities of understanding hoarding. All rights reserved by Terry Prince
Organizations providing helpful Information and Resources
OCD Foundation - IOCDF Website. The OCD Foundation now hosts the International Hoarding Center. This site is an excellent resource to get an overview of hoarding and it's issues. This organization will host it's second annual conference in Los Angeles, California in July of 2014.
Institute of Compulsive Hoarding This organization is currently part of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, CA, USA. The Institute has several resources, offers a few classes and gives suggestions for treatment programs.
Several communities run annual or bi-annual Hoarding Conferences. These conferences are generally open to consumers, landlords, fire and code enforcement, professional organizers, department on aging, social workers and mental health practitioners, adult and or child protection agencies (APS, CPS, DFS). Other interested parties include regional providers of gas and electric utilities, specialty cleaners, home heath and personal care providers, restoration workers and safety equipment vendors.
Many communities and counties have active or in-active hoarding (project complete) task forces. These task forces often culminate with a conference between interested parties. See Hoarding Conferences for more information. Some have active web sites and others have produced helpful literature.
An important perspective article from the NFPA journal (November 2006) is Establishing a Hoarding Taskforce It was reprinted on the Northern Virgina Joint Committee on Fire and Arson website. http://www.nvjcfa.org/articles/article/6294756/105447.htm Of specific note was the section - "In December 2000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released America at Risk: Findings and Recommendations on the Role of the Fire Service in the Prevention and Control of Risks in America. This report concluded that, as a community's primary first responder, the fire service is responsible for all local hazards, including hoarding, a local hazard that is dangerous to firefighters".
Booklet for Hoarders and Friends of Hoarders
This booklet produced in 2008 by the San Francisco Mental Health Association is geared for hoarders or family members of hoarders. The material includes a list of helpful resources nationwide in the USA.