I LOVE MY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY!
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 stat and federal law, we are tasked with helping - even advocating for - Milwaukee County residents living in poverty.
We are different. We are not bureaucrats sitting on the outside looking in. One-third of our governing board members represent the voices of low-income residents of Milwaukee County. 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 on 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.
As the largest community action agency in the state, we are a trusted authority with huge outreach and a vast network of community partners.