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.



DCRS in the NEWS!

The Howard County Community Resources Campus on Patuxent Woods Drive has centralized the delivery of services to the County’s most vulnerable residents. Strong community partnerships further support DCRS' ability to identify and address the changing needs of our Howard County community. Events like our recent Champions of Change Conference provide even more opportunities for community leaders and others to engage in a collaborative conversation to discuss strategies and share their vision to enhance the delivery of human services in Howard County. Watch the video below for more information.



Executive Kittleman announces free high-tech option for parents to promote school readiness


Coming Events


2019 Women's Hall of Fame

Women's Hall of Fame Call for Nominations postcard graphic

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Howard County Women's Hall of Fame. Visit the Commission for Women page for full details and nomination forms. 


Support Project Holiday!

2018 Project Holiday flier

The Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) and the Office of Children and Families (OCF) need your help to make the holidays a little brighter for Howard County older adults, families and children in need. Please consider donating a new gift or personal care item for low-income seniors who reside in assisted living facilities or in the community, and/or a new toy or book for children age 0 to 5. See the Project Holiday flier for more details, or contact Tomiko Thomas at OAI, 410-313-6542, or Kaya Swann at OCF, 410-313-1453. Drop off items at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Deadline is December 10. 


2019 Resource Guides Available


Photo of the cover of the 2019 Resource Guide for older adults and adults with disabilities

The 2019 edition of Howard County's Resource Guide for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers has been published. Free copies are available at all Howard County 50+ centers and libraries. To have a single copy mailed to you, call Maryland Access Point, 410-313-1234 (voice/relay). To request larger quantities for your office or community location, contact the Office on Aging and Independence at 410-313-6410 to arrange for pickup at OAI offices, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia, 21046. The 2019 Resource Guide may also be viewed online.