After the past year and a half, no one should doubt that the local, state and federal governments love them and are working to see them through the end of the pandemic. 

The head-spinning number of assistance programs has kept many people above water – and, on Thursday, July 8, Guilford County officials wanted to make sure citizens were aware of a new county program that will help those in dire straits.

The effort is called the Guilford County Rental and Utilities Assistance Program – and it will, as the name suggests, benefit those in need by helping pay rent or by paying for a host of other services renters normally have to handle.

The program is going into effect beginning Friday, July 9 and the assistance will be available to all people living in Guilford County, including the cities of Greensboro and High Point and other municipalties. 

Some residents may have already applied through a similar program offered through the City of Greensboro.  Those who have done so don’t need to reapply under the new county program. 

The program will help qualifying people and families with rent and with the following utilities: electricity, water and sewer services, trash removal, natural gas, propane, fuel oil and internet services. 

The stated goal of the program is to “help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on households.”

There are several ways to apply for the relief.

County residents can apply in person at one of the county’s Human Services buildings at 1203 Maple Street in Greensboro and 325 E. Russell Ave. in High Point.

Applications are also being taken by phone at 336-641-3000.

Those seeking help can also apply at