Contact: Kassidy Farrey, Interim Executive Director
Phone: (608) 244-4422
Date: April 30, 2024

WISCAP Statement Regarding Social Development Commission’s Temporary Closure

By now, many are aware of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the Social Development Commission (SDC). On Saturday, April 27th WISCAP was informed that SDC, the largest Community Action Program in the state of Wisconsin, has temporarily closed its doors and ceased programming. As a member association, WISCAP is disheartened to witness the ripple effects to Milwaukee’s community. SDC employed over 80 people in Milwaukee County and their staff were imperative to effective programming and services to those experiencing poverty. It is a tragedy to lose such a passionate workforce in such a vital area of our state.

Currently, WISCAP and its 17 other agencies are collaborating to understand SDC’s roles in programming and where other agencies can step in to ensure clients continue to receive services. SDC’s caseload for Wisconsin Help for Homeowners has been divided amongst three other CAP agencies: Northwest Community Services Agency (NWCSA), Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin (CACSCW), and Foundation for Rural Housing (FRH). We are also building an action plan regarding two other grants: The Workforce Innovation Grant – Nursing Skills and Vaccine Community Outreach.

WISCAP is Wisconsin’s statewide network of poverty fighting agencies. WISCAP and its member agencies offer programs and services to assist families in their drive to achieve economic self-reliance. Our network is responsible for addressing food insecurity, preventing & combating homelessness, developing homeownership opportunities, providing quality childcare with an emphasis on early learning and literacy, creating employment and career advancement opportunities, and so much more. WISCAP member agencies were responsible for distributing over $725 million in direct support to families impacted by the COVID Pandemic.

With Wisconsin’s continued trust and support, we will continue to create opportunities for growth, advocate for our most vulnerable, and eliminate barriers to success. We will continue to serve.


About WISCAP: The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is the statewide association for Wisconsin’s sixteen (16) Community Action agencies and two single-purpose agencies with statewide focus. You can learn more about WISCAP at