Non-emergency city offices are closed on Nov. 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Refuse, recycle, and yard waste collection service are delayed one day. Thursday’s collection will be picked up Friday and Friday’s collection will take place Saturday. Our yard waste drop-off site is CLOSED on Thanksgiving day but open on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Task Force (GRAHT) is a partnership of public and private organizations. We work to:
We strive to improve the quality of life and housing safety through collaboration. We coordinate resources to help people in need.
These great organizations make up the Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Taskforce:
Hoarding is a mental disorder. It causes people to save and value items that others don't value. Usually they save these items in excess. Learn more from the American Psychiatric Association's What is Hoarding webpage.
Individuals with hoarding disorder frequently also have diagnosis of:
We measure hoarding using the scale from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Find out more about measuring hoarding here(PDF, 115KB).
2 - 6% of the population struggles with hoarding. This percentage is increasing. We need early intervention to address the issues before a crisis occurs.
Sometimes people don't have family or friends to help them. Do you think a neighbor may need help? Reach out to us using the email in the Contact Us section of this page. Include a description of your concerns in your email.
We understand it can be hard to know what to say to a person who needs help. Here are some do's and don'ts to talking with potential hoarders.
Sometimes people don't have family or friends to help them. If you think a neighbor may need help, reach out to us using the email in the Contact Us section of this page. Include a description of your concerns in your email.
Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Task Force