The City of Ottawa has a six-member team whose primary function is to deal with hoarders. No matter what they find, writes Maria Cook, they are never judgmental.
“How many people watch the TV show Hoarders?” Lise Barrette asks the audience.
Half of the 60 people in the room raise their hands.
Barrette, a City of Ottawa public health nurse, was speaking recently on a panel about hoarding for workers in social service and health agencies that deal with homelessness.
She knows more about hoarding than most. As supervisor of the city’s hazard prevention and management team, she receives more than 250 referrals a year — 90 per cent related to hoarding and ranging from mild to severe clutter..." More