Can the APS Take my Hoarded Home?

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The Kalamazoo Hoarding Task Force (KHTF) gathered together to answer questions directly from the community. At this event, KHTF representatives and Matt Paxton,extreme cleaning specialist from the TV show “Hoarders”, sat on stage as a panel and answered some of these complicated hoarding questions.

The KHTF and Matt Paxton answer community questions about hoarding.

Video Questions Transcript

  1. How do you approach someone that is older in a long-term home
    vs. a young person?
  2. The hoarder I know is asking for help. The church doesn’t seem
    to want to help or have tried and been unable. How do I help her or
    point her to help?
  3. What’s the success rate of hoarders with one year of therapy
    and continuing therapy?
  4. What therapy/medications are being researched for
    treatment?
  5. I work in HUD elderly housing. It’s very difficult to know how
    to help make that change for someone to avoid eviction, and who
    would I contact as it relates to lease evictions, etc.
  6. What specific trauma ends in successful, permanent
    clean-out?
  7. What’s the role of law enforcement?
  8. What role do you see social workers in the hoarding task
    force?
  9. There is a community fear or stigma that “they’re” going to
    come and take my mom’s home, come kick her out, and then the city
    will own the property. Will you touch on that?
  10. What won’t ServiceMaster clean up? Or what will you clean
    up?
  11. I am a family member. I have sought counseling; it’s still so
    hard to cope. My siblings and I each have different emotions:
    anger, hurt, sadness. What do you recommend?
  12. One of the things we haven’t talked about a lot today is the
    cost of cleaning these issues.

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