Obsessive Compulsive Disorders can lead to health and safety risks; potential loss of housing.
What you need to know If you have dealt with hoarding as a social service or housing provider, you know it's serious Washington Post reports that it may be getting worse as some of us age. "Hoarding is different from merely living amid clutter, experts note. It’s possible to have a messy house and be a pack rat without qualifying for a diagnosis of hoarding behavior. The difference is one of degree. Hoarding disorder is present when the behavior causes distress to the individual or interferes with emotional, physical, social, financial or legal well-being." That description echoes the legal definition of a disability, "affecting one or more major life functions." Keep the Fair Housing Act in mind when approaching a hoarding situation.
The Basics Hoarding is a symptom of a mental health disorder called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). As a disability, OCD renters have some protections under the Federal and State FH Act.
What's going on
Columbus Channel 10 profiles Franklin County Environmental Court (Columbus) working with homeowners charged with "hoarding". Pilot project for hoarders in Franklin County. Thanks to PatriciaB for sharing