Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC)

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program was established to help families overcome immediate barriers to self-sufficiency. It is part of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Benefits and services are for needy and low-income employed families who need short-term help to support a family during a crisis or episode of need.


  • Available to families with a minor child or a pregnant woman
  • One household member must be working 24 hours per week minimum during the budget period
  • A resident of Ashland County with the intent to remain
  • Income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level guidelines
  • Providing the assistance will allow the family to maintain self-sufficiency without further agency help

What can be covered?

  • Clothing (for work)
  • Shelter
  • Relocation
  • Disaster Assistance
  • Transportation
  • Utility Assistance
  • Head Lice/Pest Eradication Program 


$1,500 per household per 12 month period

Apply in person at the Ashland County Department of Job & Family Services or call (419) 282-5000 or toll free at 1-800-589-8141 and request an application be sent to you.

Download a PRC Application in pdf format.