Social Development Commission (SDC)

Social Development Commission (SDC) Empowering Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.
For 50 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has served as a planner, coordinator, and implementer of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. The SDC was established in 1963 as an intergovernmental Public Commission under Wisconsin State Statute SS66.433. In 1964, the SDC was designated as the Community Action Agency (CAA) for Milwaukee County. The SDC directly operates 18 programs designed to improve the overall quality of life for low-income people. Through its programs, the SDC provides services to approximately 100,000 people annually. The SDC targets its services to low-income individuals and families who reside in Milwaukee County. The target population includes children in single-parent households, low-income older adults, at-risk youth involved in delinquency and gang-related activities, low-income homeowners and homeless families. The SDC’s clients mirror the profile of poverty in Milwaukee.
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Operating as usual

We are proud to be offering Project Recovery to Milwaukee County residents. #SDCMilwaukee
08/27/2020

We are proud to be offering Project Recovery to Milwaukee County residents. #SDCMilwaukee

Trained counselors are now available to help people living in Brown, Dane, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Rock, and Walworth counties manage stress and anxiety related to #COVID19_WI. Project Recovery is a free crisis counseling service offered through the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association under a FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency grant managed by #DHSWI. Learn more: https://projectrecoverywi.org/

How Many Times Do We Have To Watch Them Die?Wisconsin’s Largest Community Action Agency Demands Policy Change After Keno...
08/26/2020

How Many Times Do We Have To Watch Them Die?

Wisconsin’s Largest Community Action Agency Demands Policy Change After Kenosha Police Shoot Jacob Blake in the Back

George Hinton, CEO of the Social Development Commission issued the following statement in the wake of the Kenosha Police shooting, critically injuring Jacob Blake:

What if this was your child?
What if this was your brother, father, or friend?

Jacob Blake is a human being entitled to civil liberties and protection under the law. Unfortunately, too many people don’t see this African American father as human. And until this systemic racism ends, we will continue to watch them die. Over and over and over again.

You must pick a side.

Today, you will either join the fight for policy change and police reform that we advocate for, or history will record you as a silent accomplice to some of the most horrific acts of our time. I am referring to the countless, unjustified police shootings that occurred before Blake, and - unless something changes- will continue.

As difficult as it may be, take a look at the video captured in this incident. Police shot a man in the back. They opened fire, putting innocent children, Blake’s children, in jeopardy.

This is what systemic inequality looks like.
We don’t see this repeatedly occurring with white families.

Shootings like this occur in black and brown communities often.
Shootings like this are most likely to impact people experiencing poverty. Shootings like this continue without accountability and consequence.

No more.

Let’s not make this a political issue. Let it be a human issue, because one way or another, it affects us all.

#SDCMilwaukee #JacobBlake #policyreform #policereform #systemicchange #systemicracismexists #advocacy #communityaction

Milwaukee County Department on Aging
08/21/2020

Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented, join us for National Falls Prevention Week to learn how. The week of September 21-25 the Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition will offer: Online screening, Interactive events, Local experts, Practical tips and tools, Ways to stay active at home. More to come……

Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition
Our Vision: Milwaukee County will be a national leader in the prevention of falls in the adult population through community education, collaboration, and innovation.
AARP Wisconsin Advocate Aurora Health Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter Ans Home Health Services, Inc Bader Philanthropies Center for Veterans Issues Cudahy WI Health Department Eras Senior Network Faith in Action, Milwaukee County Eastside Senior Services, Inc. Forest Ridge Senior Community Froedtert Hospital Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metro Chicago Greendale Health Department Healthy Wauwatosa Holistic Home Care & Hospice, Inc. City of Milwaukee Health Department North Shore Health Department Oak Creek Health Department Revitalize Milwaukee Social Development Commission (SDC) Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department Stowell Associates Vesta Senior Network VisionForward West Allis Fire Department Life Navigators

Happy National Senior Citizens Day! At SDC, we love to celebrate Milwaukee County residents who make a difference in our...
08/21/2020

Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

At SDC, we love to celebrate Milwaukee County residents who make a difference in our community. That's why our Senior Services team went all out for National Senior Citizens Day. We honored local seniors with a creative drive-by!

National Senior Citizens Day recognizes older adults and their achievements. The day also provides an opportunity for us to say thanks. Our seniors mentor Milwaukee County youth through the Foster Grandparents Program. Senior Companions assist other Milwaukee County seniors who live at home and in need of a little extra help to remain independent.

On this day, we want everyone to know how much we value our senior community.
#SDCMilwaukee #seniorcitizensday #milwaukee #celebrateseniors #seniorsmakeadifference

Take the Census today! Call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish). Online at 2020census.gov. #Census2020 #Tog...
08/20/2020

Take the Census today! Call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish). Online at 2020census.gov. #Census2020 #TogetherWeCount #milwaukee #SDCMilwaukee

BizStarts is hosting a 6-week Institute designed to create successful business owners. If you've been thinking about sta...
08/20/2020

BizStarts is hosting a 6-week Institute designed to create successful business owners. If you've been thinking about starting a business, or want to work on our current one, now is your time! Gain expertise and confidence to build wealth over time. The program starts 9/26. Apply by Monday! https://bizstarts.com/bizstartsinstitute/ .

08/11/2020

Get out and VOTE! 🗳

Get out and vote 🗳 but make sure you stay safe! #vote
08/11/2020

Get out and vote 🗳 but make sure you stay safe! #vote

Heading to the polls? As you make sure your voice is heard, make sure you're protecting yourself and your community. #ElectionDay

#SDCImpact! Food Services Manager Earl Guyton selected Constance Hutchins for Employee of the Year, Manager's Choice for...
08/08/2020

#SDCImpact! Food Services Manager Earl Guyton selected Constance Hutchins for Employee of the Year, Manager's Choice for being mission-driven and providing outstanding continuity of service both internally and externally. Congratulations! #SDCMilwaukee #annualimpactreport

#SDCImpact! Finance Director Patrick Kirsenlohr selected Irma Medrano for Employee of the Year, Manager's Choice award i...
08/07/2020

#SDCImpact! Finance Director Patrick Kirsenlohr selected Irma Medrano for Employee of the Year, Manager's Choice award in recognition of her outstanding ability and willingness to share talents and supporting translation needs across departments. Congratulations! #SDCMilwaukee

Today marks 55 years for the #VotingRightsAct. Let’s honor this day by making sure we are registered to vote and we cast...
08/06/2020

Today marks 55 years for the #VotingRightsAct. Let’s honor this day by making sure we are registered to vote and we cast our ballot on August 11 at the polls! #SDCMilwaukee #govote #absenteeballot #milwaukee

#SDCImpact! CEO George Hinton selected Diane Robinson for the Manager of the Year, Director's Choice award for her excep...
08/06/2020

#SDCImpact! CEO George Hinton selected Diane Robinson for the Manager of the Year, Director's Choice award for her exceptional flexibility and willingness to take on varying leadership assignments. Congratulations! #annualimpactreport #SDCMilwaukee #communityaction #milwaukee

For many of us, 2020 was supposed to be that year. A fresh start.  A chance to accomplish new goals.Then the coronavirus...
08/05/2020

For many of us, 2020 was supposed to be that year.
A fresh start. A chance to accomplish new goals.
Then the coronavirus pandemic turned our world upside down.

44-year-old Deidra Blakey started the new year with a new job. She was employed for almost three months. But 24-hours before Blakey passed her 90-day probationary period and qualified for full benefits, the news hit.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus was now affecting the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. It furloughed employees. The struggling business permanently laid off over half its employees, including Blakely.

Blakey says she was okay for about a month but then unemployment insurance didn’t begin. With no income and no back-up plan, she quickly fell behind on rent.

“Like a lot of people, I live paycheck to paycheck,” Blakey says. “This was hard and it was unexpected.”

Blakey contacted SDC’s WRAP team. SDC was able to wipe out Blakey’s debt by paying three months back rent.

“It has taken a lot of stress away knowing that I’m not going to get kicked out and I’m not homeless,” Blakey says. I don’t have an eviction on my record because that would make it even harder to find a new apartment.”

Over the next couple of weeks, Blakey will be able to focus 100% of her attention of finding a new job. Life is manageable.

“It’s just going to take a little time. There are a lot of people who need help,” Blakey says. “We’re going to be okay. There are so many programs out there that can help people.”

To date, SDC has helped more than 400 households. More than 700 thousand dollars has been disbursed to help people like Deidra Blakey.

With a robust staff and community partners, SDC continues to process inquiries from more than 20 thousand Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington County residents looking for rental assistance.

#SDCMilwaukee #WRAP #rentalassistance #milwaukee

#SDCImpact! Each year we acknowledge one of our Board of Commissioners who made an extraordinary impact in the past year...
08/05/2020

#SDCImpact! Each year we acknowledge one of our Board of Commissioners who made an extraordinary impact in the past year. In addition, this new award has been created to remember SDC's late Commissioner George Matthews. The first, inaugural George Matthews Board Member of the Year Community Service Award was given to Commissioner Craig A. Sanders for exceptional commitment to the board and constituent obligations. #SDCMilwaukee #annualimpactreport #communityaction #povertycommission #milwaukee

Weekly WRAP Update - We have reached out to thousands of people so far but there are still many more waiting. If you are...
07/30/2020

Weekly WRAP Update - We have reached out to thousands of people so far but there are still many more waiting. If you are one of those people click here to get the latest update. #SDCMilwaukee #WRAP #rentalassistance https://mailchi.mp/47246ca3789e/wrap-update

Stay home. Practice social distancing. Mask up. 😷
07/24/2020

Stay home. Practice social distancing. Mask up. 😷

The good news is there are no new deaths reported today, but our positive case counts continue to be over one thousand. #MaskUpWisconsin and continue to make efforts to avoid catching or spreading #COVID19_WI Do it for yourself, your family, and your community. Learn more at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/protect.htm #COVID19

07/15/2020

Newly Elected Commissioners

Construction is happening at our North Avenue headquarters. New windows coming soon. #SDCMilwaukee
07/15/2020

Construction is happening at our North Avenue headquarters. New windows coming soon. #SDCMilwaukee

Mask up, social distance, wash your hands frequently, and limit your trips.
07/14/2020

Mask up, social distance, wash your hands frequently, and limit your trips.

As #COVID19_WI case counts continue to rise, we urge you to limit trips to those that are essential, wash your hands, practice physical distancing, and wear a mask if you can safely do so. Help us #SlowTheSpread: dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/protect.htm

#COUNTDOWN We are 3 days away from #TAXDAY! The tax filing deadline is July 15th but you can request a filing extension ...
07/13/2020

#COUNTDOWN We are 3 days away from #TAXDAY! The tax filing deadline is July 15th but you can request a filing extension if needed.

All VITA sites are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, you can still file your taxes for FREE on myfreetaxes.com, qualifications may apply. If you can not file your taxes by April 15th request a filing extension at IRS.gov.

#VITA #tax #freetaxprep #irs #eitc #taxes #taxseason #milwaukee

VITA is made possible by generous supporters...
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, IRS, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Northwestern Mutual, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Social Development Foundation, and Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition.

Thank you to everyone who came to vote! If you haven’t there’s still time. Our sites close at 6pm. If you want to make c...
07/09/2020

Thank you to everyone who came to vote! If you haven’t there’s still time. Our sites close at 6pm.

If you want to make change, you've got to step out and do what you need to do to get change. It's important to vote. You complain about things but if you don't vote, what can you do about it? When you vote, you have a voice. - District 2 Voter

We need Milwaukee County residents who reside in districts  1 and 2 to get out and vote TOMORROW! Social distancing will...
07/08/2020

We need Milwaukee County residents who reside in districts 1 and 2 to get out and vote TOMORROW! Social distancing will be enforced and masks required. Check our website for more information ...

www.cr-sdc.org

#SDCMilwaukee #govote

07/02/2020
Governor Tony Evers

#staysafe

Celebrating July 4th shouldn’t put families, friends, and neighbors at risk. COVID-19 has not gone away, folks—it is still very present and spreading in our communities. Don’t risk it. Stay home, practice social distancing, and always wear a mask.

Thank you to everyone who made SDC's Community Giveaway a huge success. We passed out toiletries, masks, household and s...
06/30/2020

Thank you to everyone who made SDC's Community Giveaway a huge success. We passed out toiletries, masks, household and school supplies to more than 250 individuals and families. Sending a shout out to Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes for joining us and passing out supplies!

#SHARE Meet us TOMORROW Monday, June from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our give...
06/28/2020

#SHARE Meet us TOMORROW Monday, June from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway of 200 bags of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Social distancing will be observed and we are ask everyone who participates to wear a mask.

#SDCMilwaukee #free #giveaway #milwaukee

Get tested.
06/27/2020

Get tested.

Guardia Nacional Sitios de Pruebas estaran cerrado en observacion del 4 de julio del 2 de julio – 5 de julio. Pruebas resumiran el 6 de julio. #mke #milwaukee #covid19 #stopcvmke

Don’t wait to get tested.
06/27/2020

Don’t wait to get tested.

National Guard testing sites will be closed from July 2-5 to allow its members to observe the 4th of July holiday weekend with their families. Both Custer Stadium & UMOS sites will operate through July 1 and return again July 6. #covid19 #stopcvmke #mke #milwaukee

As numbers continue to rise in Wisconsin it is important to remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice socia...
06/26/2020

As numbers continue to rise in Wisconsin it is important to remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

Heading into the #weekend, remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask when you need to go out, and keep washing your hands and covering coughs and sneezes! Let's defeat #COVID19_WI together...apart! See the latest trends on COVID-19 activity where you live at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm

#SHARE 3 DAYS AWAY from the SDC Community GiveAway! Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 ...
06/26/2020

#SHARE 3 DAYS AWAY from the SDC Community GiveAway! Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway of 200 bags of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Social distancing will be observed and we are ask everyone who participates to wear a mask.

#SDCMilwaukee #free #giveaway

Evictions have spiked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jumping 42% statewide. SDC and other organizations are doing everyth...
06/25/2020
As evictions spike, here's how Milwaukee organizations are doing what they can to help

Evictions have spiked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jumping 42% statewide. SDC and other organizations are doing everything possible to help. #SDCMilwaukee #rentassistance #eviction

With- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Several Milwaukee organizations have stepped up to help tenants and landlords survive as evictions have jumped more than 40% statewide.

#SHARE 5 DAYS AWAY from the SDC Community GiveAway! Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 ...
06/24/2020

#SHARE 5 DAYS AWAY from the SDC Community GiveAway! Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway of 200 bags of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Social distancing will be observed and we are ask everyone who participates to wear a mask.

#SDCMilwaukee #free #giveaway

#SHARE Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway o...
06/23/2020

#SHARE Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway of 200 bags of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Social distancing will be observed and we are asking everyone who participates to wear a mask.

#SDCMilwaukee #free #giveaway

#SHARE Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway o...
06/20/2020

#SHARE Meet us Monday, June 29 from 10am - 12:30pm outside SDC-North, 1730 W North Ave, to participate in our giveaway of 200 bags of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and school supplies. Social distancing will be observed and we are asking everyone who participates to wear a mask.

#SDCMilwaukee #free #giveaway

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1730 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI
53205

General information

Positive results in 2011 for our 5 Core Service Areas: Education: • We educated 298 individuals so they could earn their GED. • The SDC Head Start Program and its Delegate Agencies served 4,078 Children. Job Training and Employment • We connected more than 5,000 persons to employers through W-2 job fairs. • SDC’S W-2 Eligibility & Assessment Program Served more than 11,753 individuals. • 6,766 families received emergency rent assistance. • 5,200 individuals were connected to job opportunities. • Visitors to the SDC Welcome Center accessed public benefits including BadgerCare and Food Share as well as learned about employment and educational opportunities. Assest Development • We helped more than 50,000 families receive Energy Assistance help. • We filed more than 11,000 tax returns that brought back more than $16-million in tax credits and refunds to area residents. Support Services • We served more than 1,900,000 nutritious meals through Food Service Program. • We met 98% of our weatherization production goal. • This compares to the state-wide average of 87.6%. SDC completed 2,806 unites; the most total units by any agency in the state over the two year contract. • Our Senior Companions made 13,830 visits to their clients. They provided services by helping with: • 7,713 meals • 4,041 reading/writing needs • 3,748 shopping needs • 3,023 transportation needs • 1,013 medical appointment escorts • 3,442 exercise/therapy sessions Family Strengthening • We helped 6,766 families receive rent assistance. • Our Youth & Family Development Program Served 1,007 Individuals. • Parents of at-risk youth participating in Youth & Family Development programming gained important tools to become more involved in their children’s lives. • Youth involved in the juvenile justice system that participated in Youth & Family Development programming had a greatly reduced rate of re-entry into the justice system. • The Head Start Healthy Relationships & Marriage Enhancement Program Served 947 individuals.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(414) 906-2700

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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.

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Any updates for the WRAP program??
#SOLICITA #HOYMISMO #ProgramadeAsistenciadeAlquiler Para los habitantes de #Wisconsin que han experimentado una pérdida de ingresos por #COVID19. ✅FECHA LIMITE: LUNES 8 DE JUNIO DE 2020 🔺 APROVECHA ESTE FIN DE SEMANA 👉DIRECTAMENTE AQUI: https://www.cr-sdc.org/services/residential-services/wrap Agencias miembros de Wisconsin Community Action Program Association están recibiendo las solicitudes de personas interesadas, si prefiere realizar la solicicitud vía telefónica.
Great job promoting the SDC VITA program today on the Morning Blend!
Knowing is growing...Let's get in the know and create ways to elevate out of poverty....#SDCStrong
Helping communities stay stronger together one person and program at a time.....#SDCStrong
#SDCStrong
Next week SDC Workforce Development & Training staff will be present at the Maximus job fair. (Wed. Jan. 9th) Come learn about our FREE trainings in Construction and Culinary. We are recruiting and enrolling for classes that will start this month! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=308028203046693&id=100015185471297
Happy New Year Everyone!
Happy Holidays Everyone! #SDCStrong
Let's grow together...Learn together....And fight poverty together as a community....#SDCStrong
In celebration of the festive season, join Heartlove Place this Friday for our Christmas Family Feast. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. Visit our website to register your family. Learn more: www.heartloveplace.org/christmas-family-feast
Deck the halls! You’re invited to Heartlove Place Christmas Family Feast. Join us as we welcome the holiday season with fellowship, family games, sweet treats and more! Don't forget to wear your ugly sweater.