Pandemic economic relief: PRC funds available now

If you’re struggling financially because of covid-19, we might be able to help. We have funds available now in our Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) fund and this money can cover a wide variety of things – rent, utility bills, beds and baby items, to name a few. Because of COVID, PRC funding in Hamilton County has grown from $3.5 million before the pandemic to $7.5 million. This fund is designed to help families get over roadblocks that are standing in their way.

Hamilton County Commissioners are urging Hamilton County residents to see if they’re eligible for this help. It’s available to more people than you might realize, for example– a family of three that earns $43,000 a year is eligible. County officials estimate that 30 percent of all Hamilton County families qualify for this support. It’s easy to apply. This is not an entitlement program and PRC benefits will not affect other services you may be receiving.

Other eligibility requirements for PRC Assistance include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old,
  • Must have at least 1 dependent (minor) child under the age of 18 (under age 19 if still attending High School) in the household,
  • Must meet income eligibility requirements of 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines,
  • Must be gainfully employed or have an employment offer or other documented income that reflects an ability to pay ongoing bills (SSI, UCB, etc.).

The money recently was used to help a single mom buy uniforms for her kids who were going back to school, to help a great aunt who took in siblings buy pull-ups and to help another kinship family pay the electric bill.