The Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) program helps families residing in Allen County overcome immediate employment-related barriers. The goal is to help families achieve or maintain self-sufficiency. Ultimately, the program lessens the need for ongoing public assistance, by ensuring that the adults of the families stay employed. Services are provided to prevent families from reliance on Ohio Works First cash assistance. PRC services are also provided to help people retain employment. Contingency services are provided to meet a presenting need which, if not satisfied, threatens the safety, health or well being of one or more minor members of the family.
The PRC program can help provide:
- Gas cards and bus passes for those who are working or have a job offer.
- Uniforms, tools and other hardware needed for individuals to obtain or keep a job.
- Education, uniforms, books, equipment and other school-related requests .
- Assistance with utilities, rent, mortgage, auto repairs, car payment/insurance, etc.
The PRC program is not a cash payment and is not ongoing support. Click here to learn more about cash assistance.
Do I Qualify?
Eligibility for PRC is dependent on the applicant’s demonstration and verification of the need for financial assistance and/or services. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a “qualified alien”, an Allen County resident and be part of an Assistance Group which:
- Includes a minor child who resides with a parent, caretaker, relative, legal guardian, or legal custodian (as defined in O.R.C. 5107*), or
- A pregnant individual with no other children, or
- A non-custodial parent who lives in the county and whose child resides in Ohio, but not reside in same household as minor child, is eligible for PRC services as long as they remain active in at least one of the following programs and all other eligibility criteria are met: OhioMeansJobs – Allen County programs, Seekwork Services, FACT, PACT, and/or Mentor Program.
- Note: A child may be considered in the home if temporarily absent from the home and the absence meets the requirements of OAC 5101:1-3-04 as verified by CSB.
- An eligible family may also consist of a minor child residing with a parent, caretaker relative, legal guardian or legal custodian as approved by Children’s Services (who may or may not be related to the minor child) who may significantly enhance the family’s ability to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
*“Minor child” means either of the following: An individual who has not attained age 18; or an individual who has not attained age 19 and is a full-time student in a secondary school or in the equivalent level of vocational or technical training.
What are the income limits?
For Prevention and Retention Services, the Assistance Group must have a combined gross monthly income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) updated annually. Children Services Programs and Healthy Start/Healthy Families eligibility will be at or below 200% FPG. For Contingency Services, the income will be based on all household members excluding the income of minors in secondary school and must be at or below 200% of the FPG.
How do I apply?
For services other than transportation, apply in person to the Social Services Unit at Allen County Job and Family Services.
What type of assistance is available?
View Recent Version of the Allen County JFS PRC Plan for a complete listing of available assistance and limitations.
Funding and programs change, so please contact us at (419) 228-2621 for current information. Agency staff accept walk-in visits on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you work or attend school during these times, you must call ahead for an appointment.
Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.