Social Services to close office for move to Columbia


The Howard County Department of Social Services will close its Ellicott City office at noon tomorrow and all day Friday to move its operations to the Gateway office park in east Columbia.

Some staff members will be available on both days to take emergency assistance applications, but requests for other assistance should be made at the department's new location on Monday.

The department provides assistance through such programs as Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, medical assistance, court-ordered child support, adoptions, foster care and protective services.

With the move to Columbia, the Social Services Department -- a state agency -- will be housed in a building near the county's programs for the needy, elderly and disabled. Officials with the department said the new location is closer to more of their clients.

The new address is 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive. To contact the new office, call (410) 872-4200.

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