Applying to Poor Relief

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How to Apply to the Infirmary
Step 1 – Referral
Applications to the infirmary may be made by the person wanting relief to the Inspector of Poor. Persons may also be referred by other agencies or civic-minded persons.

Step 2 – Investigation
The case is investigated by the Inspector of Poor, who prepares a status report. This report is reviewed by senior officers and the Inspector of Poor.

Step 3 – Registration
If approved, the client is registered and accepted into the infirmary.

How to Apply for Poor Relief
Applicants may apply to be on the Poor Relief Role for monthly support, or they may apply for temporary assistance. For temporary assistance, please contact the Poor Relief Department at 952-5500-2 or apply in person at 19A Union Street, Montego Bay.

Step 1 – Referral
Applicants for Poor Relief may be made by the person wanting relief to the Inspector of Poor or the Poor Relief Officers. Persons may also be referred by other agencies or civic-minded persons. Please contact

Step 2 – Investigation
The case is investigated by a Poor Relief Officer, who prepares a status report. This report is reviewed by senior officers and the Inspector of Poor.

Step 3 – Submission to Poor Relief Committee (Board of Supervision)
The case is presented to the Poor Relief Committee, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The committee makes a recommendation (approval or denial).

Step 4 – Registration
If approved, the client is registered for regular assistance through weekly dole and food stamps. Referrals to other agencies are made if appropriate.

Step 5 – Continuing Assessment
A Poor Relief Officer makes regular home visits to assess the client’s condition and to determine whether continued assistance is required.