Loudoun County has launched a new webpage, www.loudoun.gov/hoarding, to help raise awareness about hoarding in the community and to provide people with resources about the topic. In addition, members of the community may now report hoarding-related concerns to the county online, by phone or by email.
Hoarding disorder is characterized by difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of value. The behavior usually has harmful effects — emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal — for the person suffering from the disorder and family members. Moreover, hoarding has the potential to pose public safety and public health risks due to increased risk of fire, structural damage to the home, and disease or injury to the hoarder, household members and the community.
The Board of Supervisors commissioned the development of the online hoarding resources during its September 6, 2016, business meeting. On a routine basis, several county departments work collaboratively to address concerns about hoarding in the community. The county’s website includes information about the following topics:
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