Compulsive hoarding is a common and potentially disabling problem, characterized by the accumulation of excessive clutter, to the point that parts of one’s home can no longer be used for its intended purpose.
The Milford Health Department, in collaboration with several state and community agencies, utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing all aspects of this complex issue including health & safety, legal, and social support concerns.
In an effort to address hoarding and troubled housing issues, the Milford Health Department established the Collaborative for Residential Integrity of the Disabled & Elderly (C-RIDE) in 2002. C-RIDE is comprised of representatives from a variety of municipal, nonprofit, and community-based agencies that have encountered troubled housing issues in their day-to-day work. The group meets to discuss cases, determine best practice strategies, and encourage continuous progress in this area.