Re: fire and safety hazards from hoarder
From: Bob Leigh (
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:48:57 -0700 (PDT)
Also, be aware of this, from a different page at the Mayo Clinic website:

“Treatment of hoarding disorder can be challenging because many people don't 
recognize the negative impact of hoarding on their lives or don't believe they 
need treatment. This is especially true if the possessions or animals offer 
comfort. If these possessions or animals are taken away, people will often 
react with frustration and anger and quickly collect more to help fulfill 
emotional needs.“

So dealing with such situations is not as simple as getting a crew to “clean 
out” the home, even though the TV shows may imply that.
On Apr 22, 2019, 5:10 PM -0400, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
[at]>, wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 3:53 PM Fern Selzer/US/CA/95003/NBC via
> > Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
> > >
> > > I have been searching in the cohousing-l archive for something on these 
> > > topics and couldn't find anything. Has anyone had the experience in their 
> > > community in dealing with a hoarder? The people who have seen it think 
> > > it's a fire hazard and also looks dangerous for the person living there 
> > > for a variety of reasons. There are rats there also.
> There will also be cockroaches, if there aren't already, and once those get 
> started, it’s all but impossible to get rid of them. If you have attached 
> units, everyone will be infested.
> You can call social services and ask for help. In all likelihood the problem 
> is much larger than just collecting lots of stuff or never throwing anything 
> away, and it will probably get worse. The Mayo Clinic has an article 
> explaining hoarding disorder.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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