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date: 26 January 2021

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Human service providers from diverse disciplines have a practical need to learn skills for intervention with hoarding clients. Professionals from fields such as housing, public health, mental health, the legal community and social work as well as first responders such as fire officials and police officers are frequently involved with hoarding clients. The health and safety of people who hoard, families, neighbors and community are commonly compromised by amassed possessions and the condition of the home. The authors report on the as yet limited research on community approaches to hoarding. They describe community-based approaches such as partnerships and task forces used to address hoarding with clients who have limited awareness of the impact of their behavior or resist intervention services. Specific goals and strategies for future practice and research are outlined, and a case study provides an example of a community intervention model.

Keywords: community intervention, human services, involuntary clients, interdisciplinary methods

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