G.E.B.E. (Utilities provider) opens registration for seniors relief

POSTED: 06/10/14 11:25 PM

Pilot program cut from one year to 6 months.

St. Maarten – Senior citizens aged 62 and above can apply for temporarily relief on their electricity bills at utilities company Gebe until Monday, June 30. The company announced the relief program in March. In a press release, Gebe said that the initiative is a 6-month pilot, though in March when it announced the initiative the company still spoke of a 1-year program.

Gebe will assess the program’s financial sustainability towards the end of the year.

To qualify for relief, applicants must be 62 years or older, legally residing on the Dutch side of the island and have a Gebe-contract in their name.

If the contract is in the name of a deceased client, the surviving partner, “after submitting proof of marriage” is also eligible to apply for relief.

Seniors can pick up registration forms at the main office on the Pondfill and at the Simpson Bay Customer service section. The completed form and all required documents must be submitted in person at the receptionist at Gebe’s main office in Philipsburg. Yesterday afternoon the registration forms were not available yet. Registration closes on June 30. After that date new applications will not be accepted.

“Management of Gebe reserves the right to accept or decline any relief request at their discretion,” the press release states.

When all applications are in by the end of the month, Gebe will calculate how much and what type of relief it is able to offer.

Until now, the press release notes, only Antigua offers relief to senior citizens. “Country Sint Maarten is therefore one of the first islands in the Caribbean to provide such service to its senior citizens community.”

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