VITA | Free Tax Preparation

More than just free tax preparation, VITA puts critical financial resources back into residents’ pockets.

Education Services

Education leads to your pathway to success.

Senior Services

Your path doesn’t end when you become a senior.

Career Services

The right career will lead to your pathway of success.

Summit on Poverty & SWIM Conference

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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 …

Services & Programs


It’s never too late to get your high school degree! Don’t give up on your dream. Sign up now for our FREE General Educational Development (GED) classes and start on the road to achieving you dream.

ChefStart Culinary

You love to cook. So, launch a career or just take your skills to the next level.

Our ChefStart Culinary program will show you how.

VITA Free Tax Preparation

Get your taxes done for FREE if your income was $58,000 or less. Don’t fall prey to those predatory tax services. Let our certified tax preparers file your taxes for FREE. Then talk to a financial coach and one of our partnering financial institutions about how you can turn a dream into reality.

Senior Services

As your age goes up, so do your benefits. You may be eligible for programs that increase your income.

Absolute Advantage

Are you a recent graduate, unemployed or underemployed? Are you interested in entering the construction industry, receiving certification, and being ready to find a great paying new job?

Why Serving as a SDC Commissioner is Important to Me

John Jacobs represents the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO on the Social Development Commission’s Board of Commissioners. Jacobs is an Assistant Business Manager and works for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - IBEW Local 494. The union serves...

Meet SDC’s Poverty Warrior of the Week: Diane Robinson

Meet the Social Development Commission's Program Manager for VITA/Senior Services Diane Robinson: How long have you worked at SDC? 22 years What do you do at SDC? I have the awesome opportunity to run a nationally recognized poverty reduction program, VITA. By...

Social Development Commission’s CEO George Hinton Featured as Prominent Black Leader that Made an Impact on Wisconsin’s History

Congratulations to the Social Development Commission's CEO George Hinton for being featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a prominent black figure who made an impact on Wisconsin's history. To find Mr. Hinton's profile, click through the photo gallery of the 75...

Meet SDC’s Poverty Warrior of the Week: Christopher Davis

1. What attracted you to your new job at SDC? What was your last job? I previously worked as a high school Spanish teacher on an emergency license for a chance to reach back into the MPS community that helped shape me into the person I am today. SDC presented an...

Providing Hope in Hard Times: SDC Delivers Self-Care Kits

We’re here for you, still. Because no one should go through tough times alone. What a year. As 2020 came to an end, the pandemic continued to disrupt our normal activities. Students wrapped up another semester with remote learning. Unemployment reached a historic...

A Special Thanks To Our Appointed Partner Agencies

Our Board of Commissioners consists of representatives of three different sectors of the community. One-third of the members are appointed by public officials and a third are appointed by the private sector.

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact La Toya Jones, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2823 or Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

SDC-Main Office
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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