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.





Howard County Announces 2019 Disability Awards Winners and Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission on Disabilities today announced the winners of the Commission’s 25th annual Awards Program. The program honors the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that advance full participation in community life for all people and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. Read more...


Howard County’s New ‘Master Aging’ Event Will Reframe the Concept of Aging for Older Adults

Learn to reframe your concept of aging and consider new and innovative ways to age well at Howard County’s Master Aging: Engage, Educate, Inspire on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Howard Community College (HCC), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, in Columbia, MD 21044. The event will be held in three buildings within easy walking distance of each other on HCC's campus - Duncan Hall, the Health Sciences Building and the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. Admission is $1.00. Read more about Master Aging...


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


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
View the Master Aging Program, your guide to the event!
Register for the Keynote Address

Meet Master Aging keynote speaker and author Kerry Hannon!

"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.


2019 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Conference: Taking the Next Steps

2019 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Conference invitation

Register now or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/OHTP for more information.


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