SORT offers a variety of ways for participants to confront their hoarding. EIS has found that these different approaches allow SORT to assist more people and households in confronting their hoarding.
Our De-cluttering and Organization open group workshop takes place twice a month and is facilitated by a staff social worker. Private individual counseling appointments are available for those in housing court or in another form of crisis mode. These sessions discuss concerns and individual strategies for de-cluttering. The SORT program also offers Simple Living (SL) meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the month, where we discuss and bring together strategies, inspiration, ideas, and resources to reduce clutter. We also hold discussions on how Simple ideas and efforts may assist in simplifying your life.
The SORT program emerged to address the long-term complications involved in trying to maintain a healthy and organized living space in New York City apartments. This program aims to offer ongoing, continuous support and assistance. EIS identifies our clients’ individual needs and intervenes to help cure the clutter problem before the tenant becomes evicted. Our housing advocate makes home visits and offers follow-up assistance to our clients. Clients can sign up to receive weekly phone calls from a our housing advocate or social work interns to help problem-solve their clutter on an individualized basis. EIS has a collaborative with NY State Department of Mental Health and, when appropriate and necessary, can make referrals for psychiatric care. EIS can also facilitate the services of affordable heavy cleaning services for those who participate in our program.
Our SORT support group meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30-7:00 PM.
Our Simple Living Group for SORT Participants meets the third Wednesday of every month from: 4:00-5:00 PM
Helpful links de-cluttering and other apartment issues:
The Wonderful World of Ebay! a presentation by Jose Taveras
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