Register Now for the 2021 Summit on Poverty!

Join us for the last day of the 2021 Summit on Poverty. Learn more about our keynote speakers for tomorrow including Dr. R Kweku Smith.

Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance

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

The Bucks Won And So Did This ChefStart Graduate!

Devon Evans was able to take the skills he learned during SDC’s ChefStart class and earn big bucks during the 2021 NBA Finals. Learn more.

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 …

2021 Summit on Poverty

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.

Date: October 19-21, 2021
Location: Wisconsin Center District

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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.

Rent Assistance Program

Our COVID 19 Response

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

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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.

Feeding the Homeless | SDC 2020 Annual Report

SDC has fed Milwaukee County’s children for years. Whether it was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to go or a hot lunch at a local daycare center, SDC made sure children had access to at least one well-balanced meal a day. Then the pandemic hit. Suddenly, children...

SDC in the News: “Social Development Commission (SDC)’s new headquarters on North Ave.”

The Social Development Commission (SDC) was recently featured on CBS 58 News at SDC's North Avenue Open House event. Read the article and watch as SDC along with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, cut the red ribbon at SDC's Main office. For more than 50 years, SDC has...

Absolute Advantage Success Story: Meet Alex Last

“Even though you might start as the little worker doing all the little tasks you work your way up. Next thing you know, you’re the guy in charge. It feels good.” ~ Alex Last, Absolute Advantage Graduate When Alex graduated from high school, he was like many new...

The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty Returns with In-Person and Virtual Offerings

The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty Returns with In-Person and Virtual Offerings Three-day conference runs October 19th thru October 21st   (Milwaukee, WI) — The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty is back!  After postponing the event...

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...

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