Since 2006, Metro Housing|Boston’s Center for Hoarding Intervention has assisted residents throughout Greater Boston, from those who are homeless to homeowners, to address their hoarding behaviors and sanitation concerns.
Metro Housing|Boston’s approach to hoarding intervention is unique in that it takes a case management approach. This means that a Metro Housing|Boston staff member serves multiple roles: one, as a coach for the person with hoarding, helping them to adjust their behavior and live in a safer, more sanitary home; and two, as a convener of all parties who need to be involved to make that happen, including the person’s landlord, representatives from the municipality, and local courts, if the client is being evicted. The result is a comprehensive plan to ensure that the client has everything they need to succeed in the program.
Metro Housing|Boston’s hoarding intervention model incorporates harm reduction techniques and cognitive behavioral strategies with home-based case management. This program works with clients to develop the skills necessary to reduce the volume of possessions in their home and address the issues contributing to the hoarding behaviors.