Anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 Prince William County residents could be hoarders, said Neighborhood Services Coordinator Patricia Reilly.
And because there are varying degrees of hoarding, public safety and other issues could arise if the problem goes unchecked.
With that in mind, the county has created a hoarding task force. The task force is made up of various county departments and agencies like Neighborhood Services, Fire & Rescue Department, the Community Services Board and the Health and Social Services Departments.
The taskforce has met twice this year and will likely continue to meet periodically to further define the issue of hoarding and how to combat it, said Reilly. Reilly said the ultimate goal is to educate the public about “what is acceptable and what is not acceptable” and provide them resources to help themselves or their loved ones..." More