Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative

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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, a collaborative of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, was created in Springfield 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.
This controlled burn, conducted by the Springfield Fire Department, demonstrates the dangers of hoarding to occupants and first responders. The two rooms were built identically but on the left is a room with excessive clutter. On the right is an uncluttered room. Firefighters lit the rooms from behind to see the difference in fire development. As you can see, the hoarding room reaches flashover significantly faster than the uncluttered room. If you or someone you know suffers from hoarding disorder or excessive clutter, visit