Are you or a loved one struggling with hoarding?

Hoarding is characterized as the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. Often there are negative emotional, physical, social, financial impacts for the person and loved ones. 

The Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force has compiled a list of resources and includes Support and Counseling Options, Cleanup Help, Safety Issues, Legal AssistanceSuggested Reading and Websites, and Other Resources.

Support and Counseling Options

Buried in Treasures Workshop: (503) 352-2400
Hoarding Disorder Skills Treatment Group 

Clutterers Anonymous: (503) 674-8893 or
Free groups open for people wishing to share their experience with clutter.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest: (503) 731-9589
Multicultural Counseling Services- mental health and addiction services for adults and children.

NW Anxiety Institute: (503) 542-7635
Individual and peer support groups.

OHSU OCD Group: (503) 494-6176
OHSU Auditorium, Marquam Hill #217
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, drop-in (free)

Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Clinics: (503) 352-2400
Low-cost options for individual and group therapy.

Cleanup Help

  • National Association of Professional Organizers:
  • Pegasus Social Services: (503) 252-8499
  • ServiceMaster of Portland: (503) 483-4036
  • Supportive Services of Oregon: (503) 388-0313 or (503) 422-1000
  • Helping Hands for Good: (503) 756-3167

Safety Issues

Adult Protective Services: (503) 988-4450
Investigates allegations of abuse, self-neglect, and financial exploitation for seniors and adults with disabilities. 

City of Gresham Code Compliance
Assists property owners in resolving compliance issues in Gresham such as land use, general nuisances, parking, junk and garbage, vegetation, abandoned vehicles, animals, etc.

City of Portland Neighborhood Inspections Program

To report a violation contact (503) 823-CODE (2633) between the hours of 8-5, Mon-Fri.

Neighborhood Inspections enforces Title 29, the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Portland. This Code is designed and was passed by City Council to reflect the wishes of the neighborhood and the goals of Portlanders.  This Code covers the maintenance of residential dwellings, accessory structures and the land on which they sit. This Title is set up to establish and enforce minimum standards only. Codes are enforced through incremental enforcement. More than just formal enforcement, inspectors and staff provide education and referrals to assist the homeowner toward the common goal of better housing. In the event of non-compliance this department is set up with tools to gain compliance. It is important to note that while primary efforts are toward public safety, part of the mission is the protection of property and contributions to neighborhood livability.

City of Troutdale Code Compliance
503-665-6129 Ext. 2241

Multnomah County Animal Services
Performs animal abuse and neglect investigations, and responds to situations where an animal is in imminent danger or there is a loose aggressive dog.

Multnomah County Vector Control
Vector Control protects health and enhances livability through control of the rat and mosquito populations, and serves as a resource for addressing public health vector problems. Programs include Rodent Control, Mosquito Control and Code Enforcement, which enforces some specific county and city municipal codes.

Legal Assistance

Legal Aid Services of Oregon: (503) 224-4086
Provides access to free legal help for housing cases including eviction defense, repair issues, discrimination, and help with government housing programs.

The Fair Housing Council: (503) 223-8197
Statewide civil rights organization whose mission is to eliminate housing discrimination through access to enforcement and education.

Suggested Reading and Websites

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David Tolin, Randy Frost, and Gail Steketee

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved Ones Manage Clutter, Hoarding, & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins and Tamara L. Harti

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Gail Steketee and Randy Frost

The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals by Christiana Bratiotis

Other Resources 

Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC): 1(800)ORE-ADRC (673-2372) 
Provides information about services to address aging or disability needs.

Institute for Challenging Disorganization
Providing education, research and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization. 

Mental Health Call Center: (503) 988-4888 or toll-free 1(800) 716-9769
24-hour call line providing crisis counseling (translation services available). 24/7 mobile crisis outreach for in-person assessment, referral to low-cost or sliding scale agencies, help finding mental health providers. 

This list is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a recommendation of agencies or resources.

For information about this resource list please contact