Teamwork Englewood's
COVID-19 Updates

TWE is working to support the different community needs during this time. While this is unprecedented times, the resolve of our staff and volunteers has been amazing. If you are a family in need or know someone in need please call our office at 773.488.6600 or use this link to complete our intake form and someone from our team will call you back. Our priority is to support families that have been laid off from work so p;lease be patient with us as we work to serve so many in need. To date we have serviced over 1,000 families with COVID resources to help families to get through this hard time.

Our mission is to continue to provide quality services and help convene resources and partners during times of need. We are redoing some of our approaches and thinking about how Teamwork Englewood can show up for those in need for not just now but for the next few months.

We want to make sure you are doing well during this time, here is some information about COVID-19 from the City of Chicago's COVID information page.

Testing for COVID-19

There is no treatment or cure for COVID-19. For most people, the illness is generally mild and can be safely managed at home. Testing is only indicated for individuals who are at risk of serious illness, like people over 60 or with underlying medical conditions. It’s important that we follow these testing guidelines to protect healthcare workers and avoid spreading the virus in our communities. Everyone, regardless of whether they have symptoms, should practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.

How to determine if you need testing

Question 1: Are you having symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?

If YES: Please answer Question #2.

If NO: Testing is not needed. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

Question 2: Are your symptoms severe?

If YES: Call your doctor or 911.

If NO: Please answer Question #3.

Question 3: Are you over 60? And/or do you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

If YES: Contact your doctor to determine if testing is needed.

IF NO: Testing is not needed. Stay home for 7 days from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms improve (whichever is longer) to avoid getting anyone else sick. If you have any additional questions please email the City of Chicago at or call 312-746-4835.


Click on the flyer for Access' Testing in Englewood

Stay healthy, stay safe.

Cecile DeMello, Executive Director

Teamwork Englewood Support

TWE continues to support the community with our programming for ex-offenders, women and families, and all Englewood residents. Please call 773-488-6600 and someone from our office will call you back, you can also complete our needs survey and someone will get back to you from our organization.

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Greater Chicago Reentry Coalition

Teamwork Englewood and RiseKit have partnered to create a portal for ex-offenders to gain employment resources. Click here to sign up.

Did You Know?

Chicago Public Schools continues to serve their families at Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm at the following Englewood Schools:

Miles Davis ES 6740 S Paulina
Englewood STEM High School 6835 S. Normal
King ES 644 W. 71st Street
Mays ES 6656 S. Normal
Henderson ES 5650 S. Wolcott
Randolph ES 7316 S. Hoyne
Nicholson ES 6006 S Peoria
Montessori Englewood ES 6936 S. Hermitage


Click on the picture to view the video on what a landlord CANNOT do whey they want to evict a tenant.

Unemployment Updates & Info

Workers temporarily laid off due to COVID-19 can get Unemployment Insurance in Illinois.

The state isn’t expecting anyone to go out looking for a new job during a stay-at-home order: as long as applicants are prepared to return to their job as soon as the employer reopens, they’ll be considered to be actively seeking work and will qualify.

Under emergency rules, these workers will not have to register with the employment service.

Workers who quit due to COVID-19 fears cannot get Unemployment Insurance. The agency says “an individual generally has a duty to make a reasonable effort to work with his or her employer to resolve whatever issues have caused the individual to consider quitting.”

Parents who leave work due to a child’s school closure can get Unemployment Insurance.

With all Illinois schools closed through at least April 7, and Chicago Public schools through April 20, parents who voluntarily leave work to care for their child can qualify for unemployment because they “could be considered as unemployed through no fault of their own.

You must still meet all of the other standard requirements, and unlike workers temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, parents who voluntarily leave work must be registered with the employment service.

Anyone who’s already exhausted Unemployment Insurance, the full 26 weeks’ worth of benefits within the last 12 months, will not be eligible for additional Unemployment Insurance.

Here’s how to apply for Unemployment Insurance:

You can call the Illinois Department of Economic Services at 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 (TTY), but even the governor admits the lines have been very busy so he recommends filing your claim via the IDES website. Do not go in person: As of March 19, IDES offices are closed to the public until further notice.

As for utilities, Peoples Gas announced it would push disconnecting service and waive late fees until May 1. The company has a moratorium on shut-offs in winter which typically lasts until March 31. ComEd also is suspending disconnections and will waive late fees until May 1, then working with customers on a case-by-case basis for payment plans.

Here are the following policies which will be in place for Xfinity the next 60 days:

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
  • Pausing Data Plans: With so many people working and educating from home, Comcast says they want their customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. Comcast says while the vast majority of customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, they are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.

No Disconnects or Late Fees: Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact them and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Comcast says care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.


Teamwork Englewood

815 W. 63rd Street, Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60621
773.488-6601 fax

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