SDC Open House

Come see and be apart of SDC! Join us at our open house featuring an office tour, health fair, back to school giveaways, and more.

SDC's Job Readiness Workshop Series

Join us at our weekly job readiness workshops in August as we share steps to preparing and finding a fulfilling job.

Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance

We believe rent assistance is essential as we help local families impacted by the pandemic.

Become a Speaker at the 2021 Summit on Poverty

Save the date for the 2021 Summit on Poverty: Realities, Reflections, & Recovery: Surviving & Thriving Through the Year 2020. Apply now to become a speaker.

Our COVID 19 Response

The Social Development Commission is open to the public. For more information click the button below.

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Empowering Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

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. read more …

New Programs


Emergency Food Pantry

Are you short on food? SDC can help! Click here for more information.

SDC Food Pantry

Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance Program

The Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance Program, also know as M.E.R.A., is accepting inquiry forms. Click here for more information.

Rental Assistance Program

Services & Programs

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Emergency Services

Life happens. And we are here to help in your time of need.

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Career Services

We provide career pathways to fulfilling work that help people develop skills that companies value.

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Education Services

Start down the path to success with us. Achieve your educational dreams.

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Financial Services

Money is an important tool. And we offer financial programs to help Milwaukee residents move beyond poverty.

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Mental Health & Wellness Services

SDC is committed to making a variety of health and wellness services accessible to children and adults.

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Nutrition Services

SDC’s Nutrition Services team is working in the community and providing an important link to critical resources.

Residential Services

SDC provides a variety of home services for qualifying low-income residents in the City of Milwaukee.

Senior Services

For seniors, regular activity and being involved are some of the most important things you can do for your health.

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Youth Services

Youth Services helps young people make positive life choices that build character and strengthen families as a whole.

Upcoming Events

Financial Literacy 2.0 | SDC Job Readiness Workshop Series

SDC’s Career Services is offering weekly Job Readiness Workshops in August to help people prepare and find a job.

Join us on August 11th from 11:30am – 1:30pm for the Financial Literacy Workshop. Changing your life through better money management! Finding a job is the first step, but join us as we discuss managing your paychecks to achieve greater financial success.

Save the Date for the 2021 Summit on Poverty!

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Realities, Reflections, & Recovery: Surviving & Thriving Through the Year 2020

2020 was a tough year.

The theme for the 2021 Summit on Poverty examines evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience of poverty. The Summit on Poverty will also address barriers that impact people in vulnerable communities. If you are interested in being a speaker at the 2021 Summit on Poverty, view the request for proposal here.


SDC Partnered with Ascension to Host Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics

Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, claiming the lives of so many of our loved ones. That’s why when the COVID-19 vaccine became available, SDC wanted to make sure that people in our community had access to it. "We want to make...

The Bucks Won And So Did Devon Evans

Devon Evans joined SDC’s ChefStart program in Spring 2021. He had been operating a food truck and was interested in earning his ServSafe license. But Devon received more than that. “I was so used to doing what I have been doing my whole life and ChefStart gave me...

SDC in the News: A surge in evictions is almost certain to happen when the moratorium ends. But the truth is they’ve been happening all along.

"It could be bad, if landlords do not show some tolerance for tenants still struggling," Hinton said. "Hundreds and hundreds of people could be evicted." - Dr. George Hinton, CEO, Social Development Commission   SDC's CEO Dr. George Hinton provided his...

ChefStart Chili Cookoff – Employers Taste Student Recipes

Sometimes it's better to show than tell. That's exactly what a group of ChefStart students did as local employers stopped by the Social Development Commission (SDC) Teutonia to taste chili from our ChefStart students. ChefStart students made chili for a fun chili...

Meet SDC’s Poverty Warrior of the Week: Robert Nunn

Meet the Social Development Commission (SDC)’s Absolute Advantage Program Instructor & Coordinator Robert Nunn: How long have you worked at SDC? I've worked at SDC for one year. What do you do at SDC? I am currently instructing the Absolute Advantage program. Tell...

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1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205

6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

9155 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

2968 South Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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