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Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC)


Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC)

The Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Program is designed to provide benefits and services to low-income families to help with essential supports needed to move out of poverty and become self-sufficient. These supports include limited non-recurring, short-term, crisis-oriented benefits and ongoing services that are directly related to the four purposes of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which do not meet the federal definition of assistance. Non-recurring, short-term assistance addresses discrete crisis situations, not to exceed four months in duration, and is dependent upon federal, state, and local funding.

An eligible PRC family assistance group must meet certain income guidelines and must include at least:

  • A minor child, who resides with a parent, specified relative, legal guardian, or legal custodian. A minor child is defined as an individual who is under eighteen years of age (whether he/she attends school or not) or an individual who is eighteen years of age but not yet nineteen and is a full-time student in a secondary school (or in the equivalent level of vocational or technical training) or
  • A pregnant individual with no other minor children who is medically verified to be at least six months pregnant, although the fetus is not counted as an AG member

Franklin County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plan outlines the types of benefits and services available and explains the eligibility criteria for each benefit and service.

The Plan can be found at:

Franklin County PRC Plan


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Information Last Updated: 6/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can PRC be received?

The maximum allowance for Franklin County PRC benefits is one PRC payment within a period of twelve consecutive months. The twelve month period is determined by looking at the twelve months prior to the current date of application. Within the twelve-month period, benefits may be authorized to cover a single PRC request per household to assist families with basic needs such as shelter, utilities, auto repairs, and employment related expenses to resolve a specific crisis situation.

How much PRC can be received?

The amount of PRC paid is the amount actually required to meet the presenting need up to $1000 total. PRC payments must be distinctive, non-ongoing occurrences and must not exceed the limits set for specific subcategories of assistance.

Can a person with a “Green Card” register to vote in Ohio?

No. While federal law recognizes that some states allow holders of green cards to vote in local elections, Ohio is not one of those states. Therefore, a person voting or registering to vote in Ohio must be a U.S. citizen.

What is the income guideline for PRC?

You may qualify for PRC if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 165% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Where can I apply for PRC assistance?

You may apply for PRC by filling out the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program (PRC) Application (FCDJFS 3800) and submitting it to the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) by mail, in person, or by fax. You can get the form at one of the three FCDJFS Community Opportunity Centers or online through the JFS Community Portal at Click this link - PRC Application

What do I need to apply for PRC?

In order for FCDJFS to make a decision about your application as soon as possible you will have to provide proof of: • Identity • Residency and household composition (you may self-declare this information by writing it on the application) • Social Security Number (SSN) or proof of applying for an SSN for everyone in the assistance group (we may be able to check this information in our system) • Citizenship or qualified alien status • Income you are receiving or have received within the last 30 days (pay stubs, Social Security or SSI, tax records, child support, etc.) • Amount of the expense that you’re requesting assistance with (such as a landlord statement, utility bill, repair estimate) – NOTE: Some subcategories of PRC assistance require additional documentation such as a current lease agreement for rent payments or proof of liability insurance for auto repairs. Review the Franklin County PRC Plan for specific details. • Exploration of other community resources FCDJFS may check the information that you provide by contacting other agencies or people to make certain the information provided is correct. FCDJFS may ask you to provide other documents. If you need help getting any documents, tell your case manager and he/she will help you get the documents.

If I am not a U.S. citizen can I receive PRC?

Possibly. Some non U.S. citizens may be eligible to receive PRC assistance. Your assigned FCDJFS case manager will help to determine your eligibility. All individuals in your household who want to receive PRC assistance must provide information about their citizenship or immigration status. If anyone in your household does not want to provide information about his/her citizenship or immigration status, that person can be designated as a non-applicant. This means that the person will not be considered an applicant and will not be eligible for PRC. Non-applicant household members are still required to answer questions that affect the eligibility of the applicant household members, such as information about income, striker status, and Intentional Program Violations. The income of all non-applicant household members must be considered when determining the household’s eligibility. Other members of your household will still be able to get PRC if they are eligible for benefits.

What type of income must I report?

You must report all income that comes into the household. This includes pay from employment, unemployment benefits, social security, child support and annuities.