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! 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


Howard County Awards “Getting Ahead” Graduates and “HIRE Power” Businesses
On July 9, Howard County Government and Department of Community Resources and Services Director, Jacqueline Scott honored the outstanding achievements of graduates of the County’s “Getting Ahead” program and presented five local businesses with a 2019 “HIRE Power” Award. The evening’s emcee was Scott Sheldon, a graduate of the “Getting Ahead While Getting Out” class taken when he was an inmate at the Howard County Detention Center. Photos from the event can be found here. Read more...

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

Community Meetings on Bain 50+ Center Renovation Project

Photo of the Bain 50+ Center
Howard County’s Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will hold two public meetings on Thursday, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia, to present plans for its upcoming renovation project which begins in August. The anticipated completion is May 2020. 


Weekend Warriors Snack Pack Distribution

The Weekend Warrior Snack Pack distribution for youth age 18 and under provides a free bag of snacks to provide nutrition over summer weekends.  The programs runs from June 28 through August 21. Click on the flier for more details or contact James Zoller at 443- 745-1058. 

Weekend Warriors Snack Packs 2019














FREE Summer Cooking Classes

FREE cooking classes for kids age 8 to 17 offered at the East Columbia 50+ Center on Wednesdays, July 3 to August 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Classes are hosted by Healthy Little Cooks and offered in partnership with the Department of Community Resources and Services and its Office on Aging and Independence and Office of the Local Children's Board. For more information, email Alex@healthylittlecooks.com. 

FREE Summer Cooking Class flier


Senior Day at the Howard County Fair
Senior Day at the Fair flier 2019
Senior Day at the Fair / Tuesday, August 6 / 10 - 3
Howard County Fairgrounds / West Friendship
Free fair admission for all age 62+

Join us for exercise demos, healthy aging information, games and entertainment in the 4-H Building. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to participate, call 410-313-6410 one week in advance. 


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.