Australian research estimates more than 600,000 people (2.6% of the population) may suffer from hoarding disorder. Depending on the extent of the situation, these people and their families may be at risk of squalor, health issues, fire hazards, eviction, homelessness, mental health issues and social isolation.
Hoarding disorder is a psychiatric condition to describe excessive collecting and extreme inability to discard worthless objects. In some cases, situations of hoarding can lead to living in squalor, where there can be serious health, safety and quality of life risks for sufferers, people who live with them, neighbours and communities.
Squalor is the term used to describe an environment that is cluttered, filthy and unclean through neglect. Hoarding and squalor in our communities is an estimated $1.8 billion issue, with minimal intervention costing around $3,000 per case. This cost can quickly escalate without coordinated and effective response and intervention.
Read our FAQs for more information or use this website to find support and services to help manage situations of hoarding and living in squalor.