Hoarding & Severe Squalor

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The Issue of Hoarding
In recent years, firefighters have seen an alarming increase in safety issues related to compulsive hoarding and severe squalor.

The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to both those who live in the home and others who may enter the home, including firefighters.

Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative

Safe and Sanitary Homes, a collaborative of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, was created in Springfield, MO to raise awareness about the impact of hoarding and squalor in our community and provide resources for those dealing with this serious issue.

Our mission is to ensure the health and safety of all citizens and first responders by educating and empowering our community to address and alleviate hoarding and unsanitary living conditions.

  • To educate the general public about how to live in a safe and sanitary environment through the prevention, identification and mitigation of hoarding and severe squalor situations.
  • To provide families and caregivers of hoarders and those living in severe squalor with resources and tools to begin to take steps to identify and mitigate the problem.
  • To provide emergency responders and visiting professionals to the home with tools and training to recognize and address situations of hoarding and severe squalor.
  • To introduce elected officials to the issue of hoarding and severe squalor in the community.
  • To create awareness within the faith community of the impact of hoarding and severe squalor.
  • To create awareness of the problem among business and non-profits in the community and encourage them to provide assistance to address the problem.
  • To create a referral process for those wishing to seek assistance.
The Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of every month. Members represent:
  • Local non-profits
  • Mental health field
  • Multi-family housing community
  • Springfield Fire Department
  • Building Development Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Children's Division of the Department of Social Services
  • Southwest Missouri Office on Aging.
Active Members: Safe & Sanitary Homes Collaborative
Name Organization
Barbara Lucks City of Springfield Environmental Services
Brandy Gerhardt Southwest Missouri Office on Aging
Cara Erwin Springfield Fire Department, Prevention Division
Chris Straw City of Springfield Building Development Services
Christian Mechlin Robberson Community School
Dana Kluesner Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division
Eric Johnson Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Kari Shipman The Wooten Company
Kathy Nordyke Missouri State University, Office of Citizenship and Service Learning
Mark Struckhoff Council of Churches
Morey Mechlin Care to Learn
Patricia Deck Community Partnership of the Ozarks
Randy Villines Springfield Fire Department Assistant Chief of Prevention
Sabrina Aronson Burrell Behavioral Health
Asher Allman Missouri State Citizen and Service Learning
Betsy Miller 2b Organized
Carol Robinett Counseling Center of the Ozarks
Julie Mercer Paul Davis Restoration
Michelle Garand Community Partnership of the Ozarks
 Richard Virnig Connections Handyman Service