Due to the anticipated inclement weather for tomorrow, Saturday, January 18, all Department of Community Resources and Services facilities will be closed, including all 50+ centers. All scheduled programs and activities are cancelled.

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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 Executive Ball Cuts Ribbon on New Location and Announces Expanded Services of The Loan Closet of Howard County

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined staff from the Department of Community Resources and Services, Office of Aging and Independence and community partners to officially reopen The Loan Closet of Howard County. The Loan Closet of Howard County is now located at 7125 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. Read more. Photos can be found here.


Howard County Office of Children and Families to Hold Preschool/Child Care Information Fair

Howard County’s Department of Community Resources and Services will host its annual Preschool/Child Care Information Fair on Saturday, February 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Admission is free; however, attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items or an unopened pack of diapers to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Read more or pre-register (optional) for this free event at https://hocochildcarefair.eventbrite.com.


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.

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Age-Friendly Howard County Initiative

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