Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding

   Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. This disorder is estimated to effect 3-5% of the population.  A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation in a home, no matter the real or perceived value, can cause increased fire and life safety risks, slow emergency response, and put first-responders in danger.

   The Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding is a volunteer, advisory group that meets quarterly to review existing hoarding situations that affect the health and safety of individuals in the Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas.  The Task Force itself does not provide direct services but is comprised of representatives of agencies and programs that often are able to help. Organizations that encounter hoarding situations are encouraged to bring challenging cases to the monthly task force meeting for review (confidentiality rules apply) with the goal of identifying, developing plans, and locating resources that may help bring about a positive outcome for all involved.  

   For more information on Hoarding, to seek help with hoarding, or to report a hoarding situation, contact the Traverse Bay Area Task Force on Hoarding: