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    Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Taskforce                616.456.3460  or     311                              hoarding@grcity.us

     

    Mission Statement

    The Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Task Force (GRAHT) is a collaboration of public and private organizations working to raise public awareness; and to ensure safe housing for individuals struggling with hoarding and chronic disorganization disorder in the greater Grand Rapids area. We strive to improve the quality of living and provide safer housing in local communities by coordinating the resources of multiple service organizations to better serve the community.

     

     

    Affiliated Organizations:

    Adult Protective Services for the State of Michigan ​​Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan                                     
    City of Grand Rapids Attorney's Office Bethany Christian Services  
    City of Grand Rapids Code Compliance ​Building Bridges Professional Services
    City of Grand Rapids Fire Department Grand Valley State University
    City of Grand Rapids Police Department Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
    Kent County Animal Control         Legal Aid of West Michigan
    Kent County Health Department Susie's Organization Solutions LLC
    Western Michigan University
     
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    Hoarding FAQ's:

    Early Intervention

    What is hoarding?

    Hoarding is a mental disorder where items are compulsively bought or acquired of which the owner highly values. Hoarding behavior can also be linked to other mental illnesses like: obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression.

    What are potential signs of hoarding behavior?

    Some potential signs include: awkward traffic flow throughout home, unrealistic valuing of items/objects, associating possessions with one's identity, or acquiring/saving items as a result of emotional reactions.

    What are some potential hazards associated with hoarding?

    ​Poor health and living conditions;

    Unorganized stacked items can fall over causing physical harm to the owner and pets;

    Without proper removal of trash and waste ammonia causes health risks;

    A multitude of items has an increased fire hazard; 

    Blocked egress.  

    How is someone's hoarding activity measured?

    We base our measurements on a scale provided by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization at: http://challengingdisorganization.org/content/clutter-8211-hoarding-scale

    Raising Awareness

    Why is hoarding a problem for the Grand Rapids Area?

    Within the City of Grand Rapids, 2-5% of the population struggles with hoarding. This percentage is increasing and early intervention is needed to address the issues before a crisis occurs.

    How do I bring awareness of a potential hoarder?

     

    Please send complaints by email to hoarding@grcity.us

     

    Communication/Help

    How should I communicate with a potential hoarder?

    There are some do's and don'ts:

    Do: 

     Provide your full attention;
     Focus on the individual's good qualities;
     Draw out the best in the individual;
     Recognize and acknowledge incremental progress.

                                   Don't:
                                        Be judgmental;
                                         Ridicule or criticize the individual;
                                         Exaggerate consequences;
                                         Minimize their feelings.
                            How do I contact someone on a potential hoarding case?

    Email: hoarding@grcity.us 

    Phone: 616.456.3460 or 311                             

     

    ​Other ways to find help: http://www.aaawm.org

     

     

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