The Poor Relief Department was established to relieve poverty and destitution among all members of the Jamaican society.
The department provides non-institutional as well as institutional care for adults and children. In non-institutional care, clients may be on the registered roll as ward of the state, or they may be destitute persons receiving temporary assistance only.
In institutional care, clients are wards of the state and receive total care in infirmaries or golden age homes. The Poor Relief Department also provides temporary assistance to all members of the society.
To provide a stable, physical and spiritual environment for the best care of the poor, destitute and elderly indigent, by optimizing the resources of the state and voluntary sectors.