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Safety Support Events

Research shows that clear-out interventions performed in the absence of trauma informed protocols cause hoarding behaviours to persist and worsen.  A person who experiences an imposed clear-out in the absence of a trauma sensitive approach tends to revert back to hoarding behaviours post-intervention.

HDFA is grateful to have received funding from the City of Edmonton to develop Trauma Sensitive Protocols for Hoarded Homes in Crisis.  This funding includes opportunities to engage in a number of trauma sensitive crisis interventions to help us better develop these

protocols, as well as provide training to increase the capacity to address hoarding situations in our community.

Safety Support Event Criteria 

  • The residence must be located in the City of Edmonton.

  • Imminent, significant consequences will result in the absence of action, such as eviction, loss of permanent guardianship, unable to return home from hospital due to unsafe conditions of the home.

  • The crisis must be due to hoarding.

  • The client must be willing to engage in the process.​


This funding provides an opportunity for HDFA to train individuals (volunteers,  professionals, family and other stakeholders) to assist in an informed, compassionate approach to hoarding situations in our community. 

For more information about Safety Support Events and/or Training, please contact us.

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