For more than 50 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has served as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. SDC was established in 1963 as an intergovernmental commission under Wisconsin State Statute 66.0125. In 1964, the SDC became the only Community Action Agency for Milwaukee County.
The Commission is comprised of 18 citizens residing in Milwaukee County, each of whom holds the title of Commissioner. One-third of the Commissioners are elected representatives of low-income residents of the county, one-third of the Commissioners are appointed as representatives of public officials, and one-third of the Commissioners are appointed as representatives of the private sector.
With its vision of ensuring that all Milwaukee County residents will have equal access to the resources needed to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency, the SDC believes that all individuals are to be treated and valued with compassion, dignity, & respect.
To fulfill its vibrant and necessary role as Milwaukee County’s Community Action Agency, the SDC focuses its efforts on:
The SDC operates more than 20 programs designed to improve the overall quality of life for low-income residents. Through the five core service areas of asset development, family strengthening, employment, education and training and support services, the SDC provides services to tens of thousands of people each year.
Visit our programs to learn more about what services the SDC offers.