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Am I eligible for the Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) program benefits?

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program is intended to provide benefits and services needed to overcome immediate barriers to help families become and stay self-supporting. An eligible family must include a minor child who resides with a parent, specified relative, legal guardian, legal custodian or another members of the household who may significantly enhance the family’s ability to achieve economic self-sufficiency; a pregnant individual with no other children; or a non-custodial parent who lives in the state, but does not reside with his/her minor child(ren). There are also income restrictions for the PRC program.

PRC services vary between counties based on community needs. Some counties are expanding their Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) benefits to cover certain needs related to COVID-19. This financial assistance is limited to food assistance, rental assistance and essential supplies such as cleaning products, infant care items, and cleaning products. See information below about applying for PRC benefits in various county.


To be eligible for PRC benefits in Ashtabula County, you must meet certain criteria. To apply for regular PRC benefits, you should call the county 440.998.1110 and request an application for regular PRC. The application will be mailed to you. To apply for Pandemic PRC benefits, you should call 440.994.2145 and leave a voicemail inquiring about applying. You will get a call back to complete the application and determine eligibility. Most recipients qualify for $1,500.


To be eligible for PRC benefits in Cuyahoga County, you must meet certain criteria. For more information about PRC in Cuyahoga County, see this flyer. PRC applications can be found here or picked up at a Neighborhood Family Service Center. Applications and verifications can be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Email – Submit as an attachment to
  • Phone – Call 216.987.7392 to leave a message. Calls are returned to complete an application.
  • Fax – Submit application to 216.987.8655
  • Neighborhood Family Service Center Drop Box
    • Virgil E. Brown – 1641 Payne Ave
    • Old Brooklyn – 4261 Fulton Parkway
    • Quincy Place – 8111 Quincy Ave
    • Westshore Document Drop-Off – 9830 Lorain Ave


To be eligible for PRC benefits in Geauga County, you must meet certain criteria. If you have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic you may be eligible for emergency financial assistance. Families who have experienced unexpected expenses and/or job loss as a direct result of the COVID-19 virus may apply here.  These expenses may include (but are not limited to): (1) expenses related to self-quarantine and social distancing; (2) household expenses; (3) childcare expenses; and (4) food.  To be eligible for these funds you must be within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have children in the home or be pregnant. Call 440.285.9141 for more information.


To be eligible for PRC benefits in Lake County, you must meet certain criteria. Call the county at 440.350.4011 to apply for PRC benefits. You will be allowed to provide verbal signatures and complete the application over the phone for all PRC services. The interview component of the application is waived during the pandemic. The maximum PRC benefit is $250/household. Applicants must self-attest that they have been financially impacted in some way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This one-time direct payment is in addition to the traditional PRC finds for households.


To be eligible for PRC benefits in Lorain County, you must meet certain criteria. Application for PRC in Lorain county can be found here. These forms can be submitted online here.


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