Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force Quarterly Meetings are temporarily suspended. However, we are pleased to offer the following opportunities:

Buried in Treasures Workshop

WHEN: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm starting January 25, 2023
WHERE: NW Anxiety Institute, 923 NE Couch St, Portland OR 97232
WHAT: It's the most EXCESSIVE time of the year! Skip the stores & join
Cost: $40 (OHP/Medicaid accepted), scholarships & sliding scale available

Buried in Treasures Workshop (532.16 KB)

Buried in Treasures Workshops (Virtual)

Click this link to register

Beginning March 2023

WHEN: Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, March 22 - July 19, 2023, (taking the last week of March off)

Beginning May 2023

WHEN: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, May 10 - August 23, 2023

Questions? Please reach out to us at (503) 894-6663 or BuriedinTreasuresOR@gmail.com

The Buried in Treasures is a FREE 17-week peer-led, encouraging, and judgment-free program sponsored by Multnomah County's Older Adult Behavioral Health Team. These small group, discussion-filled classes provide people with similar experiences with understanding, skills, and support to understand why they have trouble letting go of items, have clutter around their home, are chronically disorganized, hoarding tendencies, or compulsively acquire.

This program is not for service providers, family members, or caregivers, but for those living with and wanting change.

The classes are not recorded. What is said is confidential. You will learn a lot about yourself, including skills to make the changes you need to create the home you envision.

Each 2-hour session focuses on a chapter in the book, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, with readings, activities, and homework between sessions. Once accepted as a participant, Multnomah County will mail this workbook to you. You must pre-apply to the program.

Participants must plan to commit to attending all 17 sessions as well as to participate actively. If you have a scheduled time away, to be successful, you'll still need to do the reading and homework, and communicate the absence ahead of time with the facilitator.

You will find a supportive community of people like yourself who are baffled and ready for change.

If this describes you and you are committed to exploring change within yourself, apply and join us.

You do not need to be defined or think of yourself as a hoarder or compulsive acquirer to benefit from the program. If you feel you need to declutter, simplify, or downsize, have too much stuff, or have trouble letting go or over-acquire, this class helps you learn other lifelong coping skills and better habits.

As one's health and mental capacity can decrease, it does not get easier as one becomes older. 

Hoarding Task Force


The Hoarding Taskforce aims to provide training to professionals and community members, create and maintain a website with resources and information, and to reduce stigma and promote best practices.

Hoarding task force charter (70.98 KB)


Quarterly meetings (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19) are open to the public and include updates on taskforce workgroups and training opportunities, opportunities to get involved, and an educational component. 

2020 Hoarding Task Force Report (1.3 MB) 

The Hoarding Task Force Goals are:

  • Provide training to professionals and community members
  • Create and maintain a website with resources and information
  • Reduce stigma and promote best practices

Quarterly meetings also include time for Q&A and networking. 

Hoarding Task Force Flyer (256.72 KB)


To be added to the email list or for more information, please email hoarding@multco.us