Howard County Housing and Community Development


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Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center Groundbreaking Signage1_775X455




The Howard County Housing Commission hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

When completed, the new facility will consist of a new day resource center for homeless persons as well as 35 units of supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.  The new day resource center will replace the existing facility currently located at 8826 Washington Boulevard on Rte. 1, in close proximity to the new site. Located on the first floor, the day resource center will be operated by Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc., which will provide homeless persons access to meals, showers, laundry, internet and donated necessities.  Medical, counseling and social and case management services will also be made available. 

On its second and third floors, the supportive housing portion of the center will include 35 efficiency apartments for former chronically homeless individuals; thereby assisting in filling a sorely needed gap in the County’s housing stock. Each unit will include its own bathroom and small kitchenette. This portion will also feature one common laundry facility, lounges and an outdoor terrace.

The ceremony was held at 10390 Guilford Road in Jessup, and included remarks by: Executive Director Thomas P. Carbo, County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, County Council Member Jennifer R. Terrasa, Andrea S. Ingram, Executive Director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc., Russ Snyder, President/CEO, Volunteers of American Chesapeake, Inc., and Elaine Cornick, Director, Multifamily Housing, Community Development Administration, Department of Housing and Community Development.

The project is owned by the Howard County Housing Commission, and will be operated by Volunteers of America, Chesapeake, Inc., one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human services organizations. Construction is projected to be completed in June 2017.




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6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., 3rd Floor 
        Columbia, MD 21046 
Phone: 410-313-6320 or 410-313-6318

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