San Francisco Task Force on Compulsive Hoarding

The San Francisco Task Force on Compulsive Hoarding launched in the summer of 2007, convening representatives from major city departments, non-profit housing and service providers, and others to strategize on how to facilitate collaboration among service systems that is needed to implement multi-disciplinary strategies on compulsive hoarding.

Task Force Members

Task Force Goals:

  • Identify gaps and barriers in service
  • Assess current services and needs
  • Identify best practices to improve coordination of services and eviction prevention to reduce eviction and improve quality of life for compulsive hoarders
  • Raise awareness among the public and policy makers
  • Facilitate information exchange among various service providers so as to improve service linkages and coordination
  • Make policy recommendations
  • Conduct PR campaign about compulsive hoarding issues
  • Create and present final report in 2009

Objectives:

Identify what is needed to reduce evictions and improve the quality of life for compulsive hoarders in San Francisco and facilitate information exchange among various service providers so as to improve service linkages and coordination. Develop a mechanism for continually coordinating available services, identifying ways to use existing resources to prevent eviction for compulsive hoarders, and identifying gaps in services and needs.

Outcome:

The Task Force has developed an in-depth report which sets forth eight recommendations for reducing the human and financial costs of compulsive hoarding behaviors. These findings and recommendations resulted from the participation of a wide range of public and private human services agencies, landlords, and other stakeholders. Individuals struggling with compulsive hoarding behaviors also participated in the Task Force and were involved in every aspect of its work.

Task Force Report (PDF)

Questions and Answers about the Report

Mayor’s Disability Council – Beyond Overwhelmed: The Impact of Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering in San Francisco and Recommendations to Reduce Negative Impacts and Improve Care (Video clip: Item 9, 1:09:17)

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