Hoarding in the News

Helping Those Who Hoard (article)

June 2017

This article from The New York Times discusses the considerations involved for building managers in finding a balance between respecting the rights of individual tenants and keeping their building safe for everyone.

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Where the TV shows get it wrong on hoarding (article)

November 2016

This article from The Boston Globe covers the positive work of Jesse Edsell-Vetter and his team at Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership.  His empathetic approach to helping those with hoarding who face difficulties such as the threat of eviction has been the inspiration for similar approaches to hoarding interventions in other cities.

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B.C. builders give hoarders a new home — and a new start (podcast)

September 2016

The CBC’s Sunday Edition featured a segment by Karen Wells that profiled a family in Chilliwack with hoarding issues.  The daily difficulties and hazards of living in a hoarded home are discussed, as well as the difficulties in finding solutions that are acceptable to all involved.

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Q&A with Dr. Sheila Woody: Why people hoard and how to provide compassionate help (video & article)

July 2016

This UBC Psychology interview with Sheila gives a great overview of the current state of research on hoarding, as well as some advice on helping loved ones with hoarding.

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CBC’s BC Almanac

July 2016

Gloria Macarenko of The CBC program BC Almanac aired a discussion about Hoarding with Sheila.  Sheila fielded questions from callers that related to their own experiences with hoarding.  The interview starts at 27:50,

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More resources needed to deal with hoarders: UBC professor (article)

July 2016

In an interview with CBC news, Sheila points out the problems that excessive clutter presents to residents in terms of fire risks, unstable surroundings and pest control. She points out the need for more resources to address these problems, as well to understand the reasons why people hoard.

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Clutter, hoarding a serious problem in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (article)

July 2016

This article from The Vancouver Sun features a discussion with Sheila about our lab’s recent research on the prevalence of hoarding in Single Room Occupancies (SROs) in Vancouver. Click here to view.

This story was also featured in the The Province and The Times Colonist.


The secret trauma of hoarding and squalor (podcast)

June 2016

This audio clip features an interview with Sheila for a national radio program called Life Matters on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).  The interview also features Mercy Splitt from Catholic Community Services, and Judy Nicholas, who relates her own personal struggle with hoarding.  All three were in Sydney for the 4th Annual Australian National Hoarding and Squalor Conference.

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Special team tackled more than 200 cases of hoarding in Vancouver in past year (article)

May 2016

This article is from 2013 and very relevant to our community-based interventions branch of research, as it provides some background on the formation of Vancouver’s Hoarding Action Response Team (HART).

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Hoarding is a serious disorder (article)

April 2016

This article highlights the growing awareness of hoarding in the United States, and provides an overview of the disorder and the difficulties it presents.

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A brother’s secret (article)

October 2015

This article describes what it’s like to suddenly discover hoarding in a family member, and the difficulties that may arise as a result.  It also includes some basic info about our current understanding of hoarding.

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Dying alone in New York City (article)

October 2015

This article explores the social isolation that often accompanies hoarding.

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Let’s fix Dad (podcast)

July 2013

This is a podcast that vividly and humorously describes what it’s like to grow up with a parent with hoarding.

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