Federal Government Shutdown Information

The Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) stands ready to assist Howard County residents facing challenges during the federal government shutdown. Our staff is available to help those impacted by connecting them to needed resources to close the gaps created by the shutdown. Federal workers or contractors who find themselves in need of support with health or human services to ensure stability during this time can call DCRS’s main line at 410-313-6400 or Maryland Access Point of Howard County at 410-313-1234.

Here is a list of other resources which may be helpful for those affected by the Federal Government Shutdown:

Lender Assistance:

Pay & Leave Furlough Guidance:

Payday Loans - General Information:

Payday Loans - Scam Alert:

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 Children on Board: Child Care & Preschool Information Fair

Flier for the 2019 Child Care & Preschool Information Fair on January 27 at Ten Oaks Ballroom

Coordinated by the Office of Children and Families, “Children On Board” provides parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with a “one stop shop” for information on child care, pre-school and summer programs. FREE admission. Bring a nonperishable food item or unopened pack of diapers to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940.


Logo for the 24th annual Penguin Pace 5K at the Bain 50+ Center on February 3

Presented by the Bain 50+ Center Council and the Howard County Striders on Sunday, February 3, the 5K Penguin Pace is open to all ages, experienced runners, families and first-time runners. The race begins and ends at the Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, 21046, starting at 7:45 a.m. All registered runners will receive a warm blanket and a complimentary brunch at the post-race awards ceremony. Registration fee is $25; visit www.striders.net/penguin-pace to register.