Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC)

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) Program is a critical tool to encourage families to attain and retain employment, prevent dependency and promote family stability within the context of community priorities and needs. The PRC program provides nonrecurring, short-term, crisis-oriented benefits and ongoing services. The services and benefits provided under the PRC program fall into three categories:

Prevention services: Designed to divert families from ongoing cash assistance by providing short term non-assistance.

Retention services:  Provided to assist an employed member of the family in maintaining employment.

Contingency services: Provided to meet an emergent need which, if not met, threatens the safety, health or well-being of one or more family members.

PRC benefits and services are available to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 18. Applicants must be residents of Portage County and the total household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Portage County PRC Plan 

2023 PRC Application 

Please submit your application by email to