Are you a Howard County resident who is homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness?
All clients experiencing housing issues, including those seeking shelter or in need of help with a pending eviction, need to first contact the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677. Grassroots will do a housing assessment and provide you with information and available resources based on your specific needs.
*Please note that the Grassroots Crisis Hotline is a different number than the Grassroots Shelter number.
- Food Resources
- 2-1-1 Maryland (211): Statewide resource available by telephone and internet (211.org) to connect residents to health and human resources
- Grassroots (410-531-6677): 24/7 Crisis Intervention, Shelter for the Homeless, Suicide Prevention, Counseling
- Grassroots Emergency Shelter (410-531-6006): The only general emergency shelter in Howard County at 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia, MD. The program has 33 beds for families and single adult women experiencing a shelter crisis
- HopeWorks (410-997-0304): Counseling, Shelter, Legal Assistance and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence
- Community Action Council (410-313-6440): Housing Assistance Eviction Prevention, energy assistance and weatherization, early childhood education, food assistance
- FISH of Howard County (410-964-8660): Eviction prevention, food, financial assistance, referral information and other aid to county residents with legitimate emergency needs
- LARS (Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services) (301-776-0442): Can assist any Howard County resident that lives in Laurel, MD specifically zip code 20723. Short-term financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility stoppage; assistance with security deposits and first month’s rent; vouchers for eyeglasses, hearing aids, clothing and furniture; referrals for shelter, food pantry, supportive housing program
Family and Children Services
- Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central) (410-659-7701): Financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland
- Department of Social Services (410-872-8700): Cash Assistance, Food Stamps, Medical Assistance
- Springboard Community Services (410-997-3557): Provides families, children, and elders in Baltimore and the surrounding counties with social services focused on prevention, intervention, counseling, and advocacy
- Luminus (410-992-1923): Empowers immigrants, refugees, asylees and other foreign-born individuals by helping them to access community resources and opportunities (orientation to life in the United States, Immigration counseling, Language connection and interpreting, etc.)
- HCPSS Office of Student Services, Pupil Personnel (410-313-6646): Identify and address barriers in school, at home, and in the community that interfere with academic and social achievement of all students
- HCPSS Infants and Toddlers Program (410-313-7017): Services for eligible children birth to three years of age who have developmental delays are provided in home and community settings as determined by the Individualized Family Service Plan
- Howard County Office on Aging and Independence (410-313-1234): Independent Senior and Disability Housing options
- Howard County Office of Children and Families (410-313-1940): Provide information and access to resources for families to ensure all children in our community thrive
- The Gabriel Network (301-637-3223): Maternity housing, shelter and referrals for women and families challenged with a crisis pregnancy
- Credit Donkey: Helpful information on managing money, locating assistance programs, and building skills for those currently experiencing homelessness.
- Howard County Workforce Development (410-290-2620): Job search and resume assistance, a resource center with access to computers, copy and fax machines, telephones, and printers
- Making Change (443-518-7647): Financial coaching, free tax prep, and other financial services, including trainings, events, and seminars
- Salvation Army of Central Maryland (443-656-3376): Utility assistance, clothing assistance, food bank, referral services
- SNAP (410-872-8700): Helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health
- WIC (410-767-5242): Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants, and children under age 5
- Howard County Office of Consumer Protection (410-313-6420): Free advice about your rights as a renter
- Howard County’s Office of Human Rights (410-313-6430): Advice about a discrimination complaint or an equal opportunity complaint
- Legal Aid Bureau (410-480-1057): Legal services for low-income people statewide
Need help outside Howard County?