As you can imagine, a person who has suffered hunger, insecurity, and homelessness may develop strong attachments to material possessions. You might hang on to a few tattered scraps that may be your only memento of a loved one. Extra clothes, no matter how worn, may seem like a necessity in case you ever have to sleep on the street or a park bench again one cold wintery night. Bits of food stashed here and there are may be comfort against nightmares of starving nights. You would like to believe you don’t need it all, but you can’t bring yourself to let go.
AIS needs donations to educate and provide practical support to help a tenant maintain a healthy home, free of clutter. A skilled Hoarding Specialist will work with a tenant and plan to organize his or her apartment.
Mary, can you estimate the cost of decluttering a unit?
AIS has also been pro-active in the area of educating the tenants about bed bug management. If you ever had or know someone who has had the experience of a bed bug infestation, then you know the anxiety and stress that this creates. Through one to one support this problem can be rectified.
"The Hoarding Specialist helps me to let go of items that I don't really need and organize my belongings, making it easier to find what I am looking for. It has made my home safer and it's now a nicer place to live. My friends, family and workers now enjoy coming to my home to visit." Sandra S. AIS Tenant
In 2013, an Occupational Therapist completed Home Safety Assessments in tenants’ apartments. The goal was to support the tenants in achieving their independence. AIS responded to the physical safety needs of tenants. In recent months a number of accessibility features were installed in the AIS buildings such as automatic door openers, accessible toilets, improved corridor lighting, non-slip tub surfaces and visual warning strips on the stairs.
Automatic door openers can cost upwards of $600 for the supply and installation and testing. Many of the tenants who need these accessibility devices simply cannot afford them on a limited income.