There are limited resources available relating to Hoarding and Squalor which can make beginning to make change difficult. It can also create barriers to professionals providing an appropriate service. 

Below are listed several different resources that maybe of assistance.

Recommended Guides

A Foot in the Door - Stepping towards solutions to resolve incidents of severe domestic squalor in SA

This guide was created by SA Health in 2013 to provide best practice policies to service providers dealing with instances of hoarding and/or squalor. 

Click here to access A Foot in the Door

Recommended Books

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding - 2nd Ed (2014) David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

  • Available in paperback and Kindle

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop (2004) Jerome Bubrick, Fugen Neziroglu and Jose Yaryura-Tobias

  • Available in paperback and Kindle

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (2010) Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

  • Available in paperback and Kindle

Recommended Assessment Tools

The Severe Domestic Squalor Assessment Scale (adapted by SA Health, 2013)

Clutter Image Rating Scale (CIR; Frost, Steketee, Tolin, & Renaud, 2008)

Hoarding Rating Scale (HRS; Tolin, Frost & Steketee, 2010)

Online Resources

The HSRU (Hoarding and Squalor Resource Unit) was launched in June 2016 by Homelessness NSW, RSPCA and Catholic Community Services NSW / ACT to support people living with situations of Hoarding and/or Squalor. 

National Hoarding and Squalor Conference 2016

Held on 29th and 30th June 2016, Sydney to highlight the impact of Hoarding and Squalor and raise awareness. 

For more information and to view conference videos follow link.

Other resources

Local councils - occasionally local Councils operate support groups or are aware of support groups relating to Hoarding and/or Squalor. 


This project has been assisted by the Local Government Research and Development Scheme