Common Wealth Development

Some of Common Wealth’s program highlights include: • The Youth-Business Mentoring Program provides employment and financial education, job placements, and mentoring to low-income and at-risk teens, ages 14 to 16. We offer nine sessions per year and serve 135 youth in this program. This includes offering a program session every semester at each of the four major Madison public high schools and one every year at Sun Prairie High School. • The Employment and Financial Literacy Workshops delivers a similar curriculum as in the training component of our Youth-Business Mentoring Program. We offer these workshops to middle and alternative schools to help them augment the life skills curriculum they are able to provide their students. We serve 100 youth annually in these workshops. • Common Wealth’s Housing Programs encompass 131 units of affordable rental housing throughout the City of Madison. The majority of our rental units are available to those in our community who are at 40-80% of the area median income. About 1 in 4 of our residents are disabled, 1 in 3 are people of color, and nearly half are families. • Business Incubation has been housing local businesses and creating jobs since 1987. Common Wealth has two incubator spaces on Madison’s east side, home to about 30 startup and growing businesses. Some current tenants include Potter’s Crackers, Quince & Apple, Old Sugar Distillery, and Ebullient Cooling. Some notable alumni include ShopBop, Virent Energy, Just Coffee and Filament Games. • The Southwest Partnership, in partnership with Joining Forces for Families and Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, is Common Wealth’s newest program in the Meadowood neighborhood on Madison’s southwest side. JobShop provides employment training and resume services, and Southwest Transitional Employment Project (STEP) provides stipends for motivated individuals to work in community developed work placements that complement each participant’s employment goals.


Common Wealth (CWD) is a community development organization centered on healthy housing, equitable economic development, racial equity and sustainable land use.

Working Hours

Monday: 09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 17:00 - 17:00
Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED