Free workshop addresses hoarding and homelessness

Lords Valley. Participants will learn how local organizations and agencies can help people experiencing difficulties related to hoarding and the threat of foreclosure.

24 Nov 2019 | 03:06

The Pike County Area Agency on Aging will host a free workshop, "Hoarding Behaviors and Homeless Diversion," from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Boulevard, in Lords Valley.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of a cross-system collaborative approach to addressing hoarding behavior and avoiding homelessness.

“It’s important to understand how organizations and agencies can work together to help people who are having difficulties related to hoarding behaviors or homelessness,” says Robin Skibber, Executive Director of the Pike County Area Agency on Aging.

Linda Shumaker, a board-certified registered nurse, will discuss the diagnosis of hoarding as a disease for which treatment may be covered through a person's medical insurance or Medicare.

Certified housing counselor Charlie Stecker will discuss budgeting and other practices that can prevent foreclosures and homelessness.

The workshop will be of benefit to human services professionals but is also open to the general public. Lunch will be provided.

The snow date is Dec. 9. For more information or to RSVP, call 570-775-5550.