Howard County MultiService Center
The Mission of the MultiService Center is to enrich the lives of residents in our community. We do this by offering ready access to human services and supports for becoming self-sufficient.
The Howard County Health Department will hold walk-Up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the MSC on the following dates:
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older. Vaccines are completely FREE, and NO documentation or insurance is required. For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or this clinic, call 410-313-6284 or email [email protected].
Services are provided by staff members who are caring, knowledgeable about the resources within our community, and skilled at navigating the system of local services. Call 410-313-0220 for assistance as in-person services are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Services available include:
- BGE/Utility Assistance
- Business Clothing
- Case Management
- Disability Services
- Educational Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Eviction Prevention
- Ex-offender Services
- Financial Coaching
- First Month Rent Assistance
- Food Pantry
- Food Stamps
- Getting Ahead Program
- Home Delivered Meal Services
- Immigration Services
- Individual or Family Counseling
- Legal Assistance
- Medical Insurance/Medicaid
- Relationship and Parenting Support
- Support Services for Individuals with a Disability
- Veteran Services
- Water Bill Assistance
- Youth and Family Support
A one-stop shop for human services available to Howard County residents – some agencies are not only for Howard County residents. Call to inquire and to be directed to the appropriate agency. All agencies provide full services unless otherwise stated (*call 410-313-0220 to inquire about in-person services, currently limited due to COVID-19):
ARI provides services to enhance quality of life and strengthen support systems including accessibility adaptations, peer mentoring, advocacy, independent living skills training, transition services, information and referral, and more...all designed to help people with disabilities take part in and contribute to their communities. *Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 am – 6 pm.
Chin Integration & Advocacy Network USA (CIAN USA)
Assists with resources to the Chin community. Including linking to food stamps (SNAP), health insurance, WIC, and employment help. *Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Community Action Council (CAC)
CAC services include eviction prevention, first month’s rent, energy assistance and referral to AMVET Thrift Store. *Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
DHS provides assistance to low-income families through the TCA grant, SNAP and Medical Assistance, *Tuesdays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Wednesdays, 10 am – 6 pm.
Formerly known as Family and Children's Services, Springboard provides case management services, counseling for individuals, couples and families, and water bill assistance. *Offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm.
FOREIGN BORN INFORMATION AND REFERRAL (FIRN, now called LUMINUS)
Renamed the Luminus Network for New Americans in 2021, FIRN provides services to immigrants on *Tuesdays, noon – 2:00 pm.
Provides a variety of support programs and trainings to strengthen families and help adults and youth thrive. These include: 1) Marriage and Relationship Support; 2) Family Strengthening Courses; 3) Parent Workshops; 4) Youth Programs; 5) Wellness programs and 6) Professional Development Training and Consulting for Family and Youth Providers. For more information, contact us at (410) 978-1859 or visit our website at www.thejacarandacenter.org. *Office hours offered Mondays, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Provides lifesaving Childcare Advocacy to women who head up their families alone as single parents. Our advocacy provides an opportunity to "bridge" women to work, so they become self-sustaining to take care of their families. Our advocacy also helps grandparents who need childcare assistanc for their grandchildren. *Tuesdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC provides a variety of programs to help you with your finances. These include: 1) Financial Coaching: personalized financial education for individuals to develop healthier money habits. These sessions encourage learners to develop a personal spending plan, create a strategy to pay down debt, or set financial goals and plans for success; 2) Financial Seminars: programs provided on a broad range of financial topics focused on comprehensive, personal money management skills; and 3) Free Tax Preparation: available for eligible individuals who made less than $55,000 in 2018. Visit www.makingchangecenter.org to learn more or make an appointment. *Wednesdays by appointment only.
Provides assistance to the men and women who served in the Uniformed Services of the United States, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits form the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, State of Maryland, and other programs. *Monday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 pm and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Provides free legal services to low income persons. Areas of law include family, consumer, public benefits, housing and elder law. Provides representation to vulnerable populations such as seasonal farm workers, nursing home and assisted living residents. *Second, third and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 10 am – 6 pm.
MOW enables people to live independently at home by providing nutritious home-delivered meals, personal contact and related services:
- Deliver a hot and cold meal daily (M-F between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm)
- Uses a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay
- Subsidies may completely cover the cost of meals for individuals age 60+.
Other programs that Meals on Wheels offers:
- Healing Meals Helping Hands: once a week frozen meal deliveries for individuals with cancer or chronic health conditions
- Volunteer Grocery Shopping Program
- Phone Pal and Volunteer Companions to reduce client isolation
- Kibble Connection: Free pet food deliveries (cat and dog food)
*Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm and Wednesday, 10am – 6pm.
OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (OWD)
OWD strives to generate employment and training workforce solutions which are responsive to business and job seeker needs. Provides professional and individualized services to job seekers. *Offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 am - 6 pm.
HOWARD COUNTY RE-ENTRY PROGRAM
Re-entry assists individuals experiencing barriers in housing, employment, or other services due to their criminal history. Staff meets with client to determine areas of need and link the client to agencies. Examples of assistance include: linkage to public assistance benefits such as food stamps and medical assistance, employment assistance, housing search and assistance, linkage to vocational training or college, linkage to food pantries and clothes closets, referral to addictions services and local NA/AA meetings, referral to mental health and medical service providers, and assistance with accessing and navigating public transportation. Criteria for services: a minimum of one night spent incarcerated at a correctional facility. *Mondays 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Tuesdays - Fridays by appointment only.
SUCCESS IN STYLE (SIS)
SIS provides business wardrobes and coaching at no cost to disadvantaged men and women seeking employment. A referral is needed. *Services offered on Tuesdays 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and Wednesdays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC)
Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, and nutritional education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to five who are found to be at nutritional risk. *Services offered Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:30 pm.
The MSC Food Pantry is open to serve the community on Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 4:00 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To protect both clients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, food items are pre-packaged in "grab and go" bags. For more information, view the food pantry flier in English or Spanish.
The MSC Community Advisory Board was created to help ensure the MSC is responsive to the needs of the community and provides an appropriate mix of services.
The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and Wednesday’s 11:00am to 6:00pm. The contact number is 410-313-0220.
No, walk-ins are welcomed.
Yes, there are services at the MSC that can be provided to you as a Howard County resident.
No, all services are provided to Howard County residents free of charge.
There is not a waiting list for counseling services. You can contact the MSC to schedule an appointment to speak with someone.