Loudoun County has launched a webpage to help raise awareness and provide resources about hoarding in the community.
Hoarding disorder is characterized by difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of value. The behavior usually has harmful effects — emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal — for the person suffering from the disorder and family members. Moreover, hoarding has the potential to pose public safety and public health risks due to increased risk of fire, structural damage to the home, and disease or injury to the hoarder, household members and the community.
In addition, members of the community may now report hoarding-related concerns to the county online, by phone or by email.
The Board of Supervisors commissioned the development of the online hoarding resource during its Sept. 6 business meeting at the request of Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian).
The website includes information on how to report hoard-related concerns, including online at Loudoun Express Request (LEX); links to relevant laws and ordinances; and links to family services, mental health resources, and other resources.
To learn more about hoarding and its related issues, or to report suspected cases of hoarding, visit loudoun.gov/hoarding.