Turning on the heat this winter could mean a higher bill.  If you are a natural gas customer and you need help paying your bill,  Channel 3 is partnering with Chattanooga Gas to hold our annual "Heating Assistance Phone-a-Thon".

Call 423-266-5483 to speak directly with Chattanooga Gas employees and volunteers.

They have information about assistance with heating costs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The phone lines will be open from 4:30 – 7 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4 – 6:30 p.m. for Tennessee residents to ask questions about the qualifications for receiving one-time assistance with heating costs. 

LIHEAP is 100 percent federally funded through a grant program from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. Money is available for applicants on a first-come, first served basis. Income levels must not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level. Customers who are interested in applying for LIHEAP can click here to learn more about eligibility requirements.   

Residents interested in other heating assistance programs should call Bradley-Cleveland Community Services at 423-479-4111 or Hamilton County Social Services at 423-757-5541.