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.




Bain 50+ Center Renovation Project to Begin
Center to remain open during construction, with modified programming

A Howard County project to renovate the Bain 50+ Center at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, December 16.

“This is exciting and welcome news for our older residents throughout Howard County,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “We are committed to creating a community of thriving and healthy residents as well as become a certified AARP Age Friendly Community. With our rapidly increasing population of older adults, renovations of the Bain 50+ Center are needed for the increasing demand of services from our 50+ centers. This renovation is a part of our goal to provide more accessible and improved resources throughout Howard County for all our residents of all abilities to be able to learn, exercise, and play.” Read more...


County Executive Ball launches new Age-Friendly Howard County Initiative 

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced the launch of Age-Friendly Howard County. The county is beginning a three- to five-year plan to join the AARP network of age-friendly states and communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization (WHO). Achieving this designation requires focused efforts on a “livable” community and making sure that Howard County is a great place to grow older and to grow up. A livestream video of this announcement can be found here and photos can be found here.


Howard County to Hold 2nd Annual Champions of Change Conference on December 4th and 5th

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the County’s Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will hold the second annual Champions of Change: Engage, Equip, Empower conference on Wednesday, December 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. “Champions of Change is designed to help build and expand the capacity of local agencies to work collaboratively on behalf of those individuals and families seeking a better life in Howard County,” said Ball. “Working together, we are making a difference in providing services for all our residents.” Read more...


Howard County Commission for Women Seeks Nominations for 2020 Women’s Hall of Fame

UPDATE: Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m.  Howard County’s Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women to be inducted into the 2020 Women’s Hall of Fame (WHOF). This annual event honors Howard County women who have made significant contributions to the lives of others in Howard County, the State of Maryland and/or the nation through their leadership, professional and/or community service. The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 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. To view the report, click here.

Coming Events

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Commission for Women Speaker Series
Flier for the Commission for Women Speaker Series
Age-Friendly Howard County Initiative

Eight domains of an age-friendly community

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office on Aging and Independence launched the Age-Friendly Howard County initiative on December 3. Visit the Age-Friendly webpage for more information and join our mailing list for news of upcoming workshops and more ways to get involved.


2020 Child Care and Preschool Information Fair

2020 Child Care and Preschool Information Fair flier

Get the latest information on family child care, preschools, summer camps and more at Howard County's Child Care and Preschool Information Fair, presented by the Office of Children and Families. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items and unopened packages of diapers are requested. For more information, Call 410-313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov