PHOENIX - One Valley home is drawing quite the attention, but it may not be for the right reasons.
Huong Van Nguyen's home near 47th Street and Roeser Road is surrounded by many rocks -- rocks stacked high atop old stools -- creating statues. Nguyen calls it his "zen garden."
To the average person driving by, it may be worth taking a picture of. However, for neighbors, the cardboard boxes, plastic crates and random garbage is turning the property into an eyesore.
"It is danger[ous] for me and my neighbors," said Nguyen. He worries if there is a fire that emergency crews may not be able to help due to all the clutter.
Nguyen is a self-professed hoarder. He received a notice of a code violation from the city, urging him to clean up his yard in the next few weeks. But he can't do it alone.
So the city sent a team of volunteers to help.
Nguyen has tried to control his hoarding-like behaviors, but understands it takes time.
"I fail a lot. Now I think this time, maybe, this time I can recover if people help me," he said.
The Vietnamese man who came to America 20 years ago was right out there with them helping to make his yard picture perfect.
As for his rock garden, the city will allow him to keep it on display as it is considered art.
"I feel a little peace of mind," Nguyen said.
Besides volunteers, there are other people out there who can help.
The Arizona Hoarding Task Force is working to gain non-profit status to help people like Nguyen move on from hoarding.
The task force is made up of experts like firefighters, inspectors and counselors who believe hoarding is a huge problem in the Valley.
Their mission is to provide education and resources to help people who may display hoarding-like behaviors.
The task force established a website with resources to common questions, such as "What is hoarding?" as well as various treatment options.
Visit the Arizona Hoarding Task Force website for more information and resources.
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