Almost everybody has an "Uncle Charlie" in their family who has been collecting things forever. Is he a hoarder? Does he need help? If he does need help, how can you help him?
Even if you don't have a direct connection to a hoarder, you can be affected...
- If your town has to condemn the property of a hoarder, it will cost the town $40,000 (i.e., your tax money at work).
- If there is a fire in the home of a hoarder, the first responders are at greater risk of injury or death due to quick-burning rubbish, toxic fumes, and the fact that the towering piles of these items could fall on a first responder and trap or injure him/her.
- There is an increased mold and infestation potential at the home of a hoarder.