Applications are now open for seniors utility relief programme

PHILIPSBURG–Utilities company GEBE announced on Sunday that the application process for its 2017 senior citizens temporarily relief programme will open as of today Monday, January 23.

The programme targets seniors ages 62 and above, and aims at alleviating their electricity cost. Seniors eligible for the programme are required to apply and have to meet certain criteria to qualify, GEBE said in a press release. Seniors who are already enrolled in the programme are required to reapply.  

The relief granted will be in the form of a monthly fixed amount that will be deducted from the electricity invoices of the qualifying seniors.

Application forms will be available as of today and the programme will run for six months, after which reapplication and/or re-assessment will be necessary. An applicant must be 62 years or older, legally residing in Dutch St. Maarten and must be a GEBE client with contract in his or her name. The applicant’s electricity consumption of the previous year should not have exceeded an average 150KW-hours per month.  

If the contract account is in the name of a deceased client the spouse, after submitting proof of marriage, can also apply for relief, GEBE said.

The registration form for the senior citizen relief programme can be picked up at GEBE’s main office and at its Simpson Bay Customer Care Department. After the form has been filled in, it should be submitted with original documents to GEBE’s Customer Care Department located at its main office building on Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill), in Philipsburg.

“Please bear in mind in order to qualify for the relief programme, all documents must be submitted and the client must be in good standing order with NV GEBE for the last five years. Management of NV GEBE reserves the right to accept or decline any relief request at their discretion,” it was stated in the release.

The company also said the programme would be transparent “and everyone will be treated in a fair manner, once they are able to prove compliance with the mentioned criteria.”

Source: The Daily Herald