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.


County Executive Ball to Host Virtual Town Hall on Coronavirus Response

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm to answer questions and concerns from Howard County residents about coronavirus and the local response, the census, and upcoming elections. Residents can call in at 855-756-7520 ext. 57556#. The event will also be live-streamed online. Read More



Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all Howard County residents who rely upon the agency’s resources to live healthy lives and to thrive. In light of the guidance provided by the World Health Organization, CDC, and our State and local Health Departments. and based upon what we know about COVID19, we are emphasizing care for four populations within our service mission at this time: older adults, people living with disabilities, those with chronic conditions, and our health care and front-line workers working diligently to care for our most vulnerable and those affected by the virus. Therefore, to ensure the highest level of care and protection for individuals who depend upon our facilities, people and services -- the following changes have been implemented:

  1. Effective immediately, all group programs, events and activities scheduled for our 50+ Centers are suspended.   This includes all exercise classes and programs.  All Social Day programs for our most vulnerable members and members with special needs are also suspended.
  2. Effective Monday, March 16, all 50+ Centers will be closed in accordance with the guidance issued by the Office of the Governor through the duration of the State of Emergency
  3. Scheduled meal programs will be held at the following centers:  Bain, Ellicott City, and North Laurel.  We are preparing to have other food access options in additional DCRS locations for those who need it.
  4. For as long as possible and with the understanding that this is an evolving situation, essential services will remain available by appointment for residents who express need for consultation.  These services will be provided by phone, and via the web wherever possible.  We understand that there are residents who have limited access to computers and Internet, so we are working closely with the health department to ensure that all health and safety precautions are in place to serve those who need in-person support. 
  5. All home visits and center or facility-based visits are suspended both for our Older Adult population and for our children and families. All in-person childcare training and certification classes and workshops have been suspended until further notice where possible these classes will be delivered via web/online learning modalities.

Anyone who has previously registered for a canceled event will be able to receive a full refund.

We want the community to know that DCRS takes great pride in the relationships we have built with you, our members and neighbors, and the longevity and trust of those relationships which allows staff to effectively anticipate residents’ needs. DCRS along with all of us standing here -- are here with you and ready to help you—ready to serve you. You are not alone in this.  We urge you not to panic, to use the tools we are giving you to make good, clear decisions for you and your families – and to remember your neighbors.  We recognize the stress this causes.  So, in addition to your physical health, please monitor and care for your emotional and mental well-being.  Reach out if you need something.  And remember, while things seem uncomfortable because they are unknown, they are not insurmountable.  We are a strong and resilient community and will get through this together.

-- Jacqueline R. Scott




Howard County Will Offer Free Spring Break Meals to Youth

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced plans today to provide free lunch and snacks to students during the week of spring break, April 6-9th, in partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS), Howard County Library System, and Roving Radish. The meals will be provided to youth, ages 18 and younger, at Howard County Library’s East Columbia Branch, Oakland Mills Middle School, and the North Laurel Community Center from 11:30 am – 1 pm. No application, fees, or enrollment is required for the meals. Read more...

Complete the 2020 Census Today!


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The 2020 census is here! Click above for more information on the #HoCoCounts initiative, or visit my2020census.gov to complete your census today!

Coronavirus & Older Adults

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Click on the image above to visit Maryland Department of Aging's resource guide for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/coronavirus for Howard County's resources and guidelines.

Coming Events




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.