Support SDC this Giving Season

Whether $5, $25, or $100, support SDC’s vital programs and help people out of poverty by donating to the Social Development Foundation.

Residential Services

Improving homes to be more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient is not always possible when trying to make ends meet. Learn more about our Residential Services.

Lead Safe Homes Success Story: Erica Rocha

From SDC’s 2020 Annual Report, learn more about Erica Rocha and how SDC was able to make her family home lead safe.

Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance

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

Absolute Advantage Success Story: Alex Last

From SDC’s 2020 Annual Report, learn more about Absolute Advantage graduate Alex Last and his journey to success.

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 examined evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience of poverty. The Summit on Poverty brought people together virtually and in-person to address barriers that impact people in vulnerable communities.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos from the 2021 Summit on Poverty.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2022 Summit on Poverty. But until then: let’s continue to disrupt the status quo. We need your ideas. We need your solutions

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.

November 30th is GivingTuesday and people across the world will unite for a celebration of generosity in all its forms. Please consider supporting the work of the Social Development Commission (SDC) by giving to the Social Development Foundation.

Here are three easy ways you can support SDC this GivingTuesday:

  • Donate! Support SDC by giving to the Social Development Foundation on GivingTuesday. The mission of the Social Development Foundation is to generate awareness, identify resources, and secure support to advance the efforts of the Social Development Commission. Donate to our Facebook fundraiser or directly on our website and help us reach our goal!
  • Shop on AmazonSmile! Support the Social Development Foundation by shopping on Amazon for no extra cost! All you have to do is shop your Amazon deals through and select the Social Development Foundation as the charity for AmazonSmile to donate to on your behalf.
  • Follow us! Stay connected with SDC by following us on social media @SDCMilwaukee on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

SDC in the News – “Money doesn’t entirely ‘fix’ the problem of poverty and housing insecurity”

"Money doesn't entirely 'fix' the problem of poverty and housing insecurity" - SDC CEO Dr. George Hinton The Social Development Commission (SDC)'s CEO Dr. Hinton recently spoke with WISN 12 about SDC's rent assistance program and its impact in the community. Checkout...

Senior Services Impact | SDC Annual Report 2020

Senior Companions When Wisconsin’s Governor Tony Evers issued a mandatory “Stay At Home” order during the height of the pandemic, regular social activities stopped. It left older adults isolated and detached from the usual check-ins that ensure seniors stay active,...

Youth Services Impact | SDC Annual Report 2020

Youth Advisory Council Today’s youth have something important to say. And by partnering with SDC, young people are leading important discussions that positively impact teens in our community. SDC’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is created for teens and is run by teens....

Nutrition Services Impact | SDC Annual Report 2020

During the pandemic, SDC played a critical role. When essential employees went to work, we did too. We supported working parents by providing their children with healthy meals. As long as essential workers were on the job, daycare centers stayed open. SDC prepared and...

Mental Health & Wellness Impact | SDC Annual Report 2020

The 2020 pandemic challenged all of us. Drug use and suicide rates increased. The elderly were isolated. Even young people battled depression. The 2020 pandemic impacted more than our physical health. It affected our mental health and, unfortunately, no one wanted to...

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