Emergency Aid

Emergency Aid for Needy Families

The Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) program helps families overcome immediate barriers to self-sufficiency. Benefits and services are for unemployed and low-income employed families or individuals in need of non-recurrent, short-term, crisis-oriented benefits to help during a crisis.

Services Covered

  • Rent / mortgage
  • Automobile repairs
  • Utilities
  • Home repairs
  • Emergency shelter
  • Legal fees for victims of domestic violence
  • Assistance with K-12 school fees, clothing and supplies
  • GED testing fees
  • Childcare for Kinship Caregivers
  • Tools, equipment for employment
  • License and testing fees
  • Uniforms for work or school
  • Job coaching, job retention

Who May Be Eligible

  • Needy families with minor children
  • Pregnant women
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Kinship Caregivers
  • Non-custodial parents of minor children (Ohio residents not living in same household as child, cooperating with Child Support Enforcement Agency)

Verifications Needed

  • ID for the applicant
  • Documentation regarding your emergency
  • Verification of all income within 30 days of application
  • Verification of all monthly expenses
  • Child support documents or proof that child is in your household
  • Verification of placement from Children's Services for Kinship Caregivers
  • Proof of residency
  • Social security numbers for all household members


U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines are used to determine financial eligibility for PRC.


  1. Download and complete the PRC Application (PDF). You can also e-file the form.
  2. Email your completed application or bring to any JFS dropbox.
  3. You will be contacted by an agency representative to complete a phone interview.

Please note, there is a monetary cap on PRC and assistance is limited to once every 12 months per covered service.

Kinship caregivers in need of assistance should contact their Children Services caseworker to apply.