Durham Hoarding Support Services

Clutter and Hoarding Support Therapy

Durham Hoarding Support Services

VHA's Durham Hoarding Support Services (DHSS) focus is to help individuals with hoarding behaviour remain housed and safe in Durham Region. We provide a combination of in-home sorting/organizing sessions and counselling to help reduce the amount of items in the home using a harm reduction approach. We work with our clients to choose their own goals and incorporate their personal motivations for change. Our program lasts approximately 4-6 months and we aim to see our client’s on a weekly basis.

How we can help

  • Provide supportive hands-on decluttering sessions
  • Teach life skills such as coping strategies, organization and problem solving
  • Help clients think about their belongings differently
  • Increase home safety and housing stability
  • Building client’s support network and making appropriate community referrals
  • Link clients to other community services to help strengthen their support network
  • Develop a maintenance plan to assist with independent decluttering

How much does it cost?

Our program is funded by the Region of Durham; therefore, the DHSS program is FREE for clients who are eligible.

How do I know if I would be a good fit for the program?

Please answer the following questions with YES or NO:

  • Do you have trouble discarding (or recycling, selling, giving away) things that most other people would get rid of?
  • Because of the clutter or number of possessions, is it difficult to use your living spaces or surfaces in your home?
  • Do you buy items or acquire free things that you do not need or have enough space for?
  • Does your hoarding, saving, acquisitions, or clutter affect your daily functioning?

If you answered YES to most of these questions, DHSS may be able to help.

Who is eligible to receive services?

If you are interested in the DHSS program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Living in Durham Region
  • Meet low income criteria (listed on our referral form below)
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be physically and mentally prepared to engage in the Hoarding Support Program
  • Consent to service
  • Willing to let go of items and be ready to do the work

Members of the community looking to receive services or get more information, please call: 1-888-314-6622 ext. 4218.