Welcome to the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS)

The Department of Community Resources and Services has eight offices to address the needs of multiple generations, tailor services to different cultural values, and promote full inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Plus, our No Wrong Door approach makes it easier for Howard County residents to access the vital human services they need to thrive.




NEW! County Executive Ball Seeks Applicants for Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities - Deadline to apply is Friday, September 6

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is currently seeking applicants, specifically a student with a disability and agency provider who serves individuals (a transitioning student) with disabilities, interested in serving on the Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 6, 2019. Read more...


Photo of Erin Bonzon, administrator of the Office of Children and FamiliesCounty Executive Ball Announces New Office of Children and Families Administrator 
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, as the new head of the Howard County Office of Children and Families (OCF), effective immediately. One of eight offices under the Department of Community Resources and Services, OCF works in concert with the community to coordinate, develop, expand and enhance children and family services in Howard County. OCF also provides access to early childhood supports and resources. Read more...


County Executive Ball Seeks Members for Howard County’s Commission for Veterans and Military Families
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Commission for Veterans and Military Families. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 23, 2019.To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years of age or older, have an interest in veteran and military family affairs, and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Howard County Community Resources Campus, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Read more...


Howard County Commission On Disabilities Seeks Nominees For Annual Awards

The Howard County Commission on Disabilities has announced that nomination forms are now available for its 2019 awards program. Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding efforts by individuals, businesses and community organizations that advance full participation in community life for all residents, while promoting the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. To be eligible, nominees must live, work or conduct business in Howard County. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, August 14, 2019Download a nomination packet or for more information, contact Erica Lewis, 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or ealewis@howardcountymd.gov


County Executive Ball Marks Kickoff of Summer Food Programs
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball was joined by Rep. John Sarbanes and County officials at a press conference to raise awareness of the free Summer Food Programs available to families in need. The programs are especially important to parents who do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance but still depend on food assistance programs, and children who normally rely on school meals and are especially vulnerable during the summer months. The food access programs are a collaboration between the Governor’s Office for Children, Howard County government agencies, Howard County Public Schools and the Howard County Library System. Read more...


2019 Report on the Status of People with Disabilities in Howard County

This report by the Howard County Commission on Disabilities examines Howard County’s ability to provide services to the County’s residents with disabilities in the areas of Education, Peer Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. The goals of the nearly year-long study were to identify unmet needs of persons with disabilities and their support networks in those areas and to provide a range of recommendations to address those needs. To view the report, click here. A limited number of hard copies are available; to request one, contact Erica Lewis at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay) or ealewis@howardcountymd.gov

Coming Events

MultiService Center FREE School Supplies Giveaway!

The Howard County MultiService Center has received generous donations of backpacks and school supplies from the community. Parents, bring your school age children to the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel, 20723, this Friday, August 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to pick up a FREE backpack or bag of school supplies!  Call the MSC at 410-313-0220 for more information. Supplies will be distributed while quantities last. 

The Howard County MultiService Center's backpack giveaway flier


Logo for the Master Aging event on October 19
Saturday, October 19 / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

"Master Aging: Engage, Educate and Inspire" is a conference-style event with seminars, exhibitors and entertainment for the 50+ community. This new format replaces the 50+EXPO, and will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our new location on the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/masteraging for details.