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

Our COVID 19 Response

The Social Development Commission is closed due to the “Safer at Home” order. All services except the VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and Food program that will continue to provide food to those in need. For more information regarding closings and cancellations 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 …


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?


Earn your high school diploma and get construction experience at the same time.

Upcoming Events

2020 Census Day

Census Day is approaching and we need YOU to participate. Historically, some households in Milwaukee County have not had a high level of participation in the Census.  SDC is changing that.  We are taking every opportunity to share information on the Census to ensure everyone gets counted.  We have organized a Complete Count Committee and are collaborating with 10 other organizations to better connect with hard-to-reach areas to educate and motivate residents to respond.

April 1 – Census Day

Fight Poverty and VOTE – Postponed

The Social Development Commission (SDC) is seeking candidates to fill seats for districts 1 and 2 for the Board of Commissioners. Our elections for districts 1 and 2 will be resceduled due to the Chronovirus. We will release dates for the elections at a later date.

TBD – Election Day

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.

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1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205

6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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