difficulty discarding items, have problems with too much clutter, and have a problem with acquiring too much...
People who hoard have difficulty discarding items, have problems with too much clutter, and/or have a problem with acquiring too much. Their living spaces are often so cluttered that they can no longer use rooms, furniture, appliances and/or other objects for what they were originally intended. Hoarding is low incidence (about 2-3%) but demands attention because of its high costs. Residents face threats to housing stability (most eventually lose their housing) and to health from falls, lack of egress in emergencies and refuse.
The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force's mission is to raise awareness of compulsive hoarding and to provide education and support for those affected by hoarding through accessible tools, referrals and resources. The Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force (CCHTF) seeks to develop a coordinated response among community agencies to the problem of hoarding in a sensitive and responsible fashion.
If you believe there is a severe health or safety issue, call 911.