Tuesday, May 20, 2014
By James Lomuscio
It’s the stuff of reality television that always seems to occur elsewhere and often appears more staged than real—hoarding.
But to hear local officials tell it, hoarding is a local reality with at least 10 known cases in Westport and two in Weston, enough for the Westport-Weston Health District (WWHD) to recently announce the formation of the Safer Homes Task Force, a 10-member group comprising social workers and first responders.
According to Loren Pace, WWHD public health nurse and task force coordinator, the group of Westport and Weston town department representatives began to address the problem informally in June 2012. They have been meeting monthly and have just recently has gone public. Their next monthly meeting is set Tuesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. at WWHD offices at 180 Bayberry Lane.
“Our main objective is to protect the public health and safety of the client, the first responders, and the community,” Pace said.
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