You Are Community Action


You know us as the Social Development Commission. But did you know that we are part of a national network called community action agencies? In fact, as the community action agency for Milwaukee County, we are the largest in the state.

What is a community action agency?

In a nutshell, it means per state and federal law, we’re tasked with helping – even advocating for - Milwaukee County residents living in poverty.

We’re different. We’re not bureaucrats sitting on the outside looking in. One–third of our governing board members are elected by people who live in poverty. Community action agencies were created to give people in poverty influence over policies and resources impacting their lives. We amplify their voice as we work together to solve poverty-related issues in our community.

After President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty, community action agencies grew in popularity.

In 1963, the State of Wisconsin enacted legislation (section 66.433) to establish the Community Relations – Social Development Commission (SDC).

Our programs and services address issues like employment, education, finance, housing, health and wellness.

As times change, we change but we remain steadfast as we continue to attack the root causes of poverty in Milwaukee County. Our mission is to empower people with the resources to move beyond poverty.  

As the largest community action agency in the state, we are a trusted authority with huge outreach and a vast network of community partners.

If you value what we do, share.

Share our Facebook posts to make our voices heard about the funding that we need to continue the work we do in our community to alleviate poverty.

Please contact elected officials that represent our community in Washington D.C. and at the state and local level.

On Facebook

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner @repsensenbrenner
Congresswoman Gwen Moore       @GwenSMoore
Senator Ron Johnson                   @senronjohnson
Senator Tammy Baldwin               @senatortammybaldwin
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan   @speakerryan

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Wisconsin State Senators (Milwaukee Districts)

Wisconsin State Representatives (Milwaukee Districts)

Milwaukee Common Council (Alderpersons)

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

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