Our Story

The Social Development Commission is a community action agency. In a nutshell, this 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.  Community action agencies like us were created to give people in poverty influence over policies and resources impacting their lives. One–third of our governing board members live in poverty. 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, 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.

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

Our Mission

Empowering Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

Take a look at our strategic plan for 2019-2024.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s Community Action agencies, we recommend:

In The Arena – The Story of Community Action in Wisconsin
by Deborah Clements Blanks

Take a look at SDC’s past annual reports to learn more about the SDC impact.

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 ljones@cr-sdc.org.. 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

SDC-Chase Avenue
2968 South Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

9155 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

9004 West Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227

6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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