Social Equity Program

Overview

Qualifications

Benefits

Verification

Phase 3 Round 1

Social Equity Program Qualifications

The City of Los Angeles has adopted a Social Equity Program that offers priority application processing and business support to individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the previous criminalization of cannabis activities. Applicants who are eligible for the program will have their applications and any subsequent renewals processed on a priority basis.

The Social Equity Program is broken up into three tiers, each with varying requirements and benefits. Social Equity Program applicants may qualify for certain benefits and be subject to certain restrictions if any of the following types or tiers of qualifications are met.

Social Equity Program Tiers

 

Qualified Zip Codes

Disproportionately impacted areas are outlined according to certain zip codes.

Social Equity Map

 

Social Equity Program Qualification FAQs

Low Income Status

Q: What does Low Income mean?

A: Your gross or total income in 2017 or 2018 was $45,644 or less.

Q: How do I prove to DCR that I am Low Income?

A: You can prove you are Low Income by providing DCR (i) your state or federal tax return for 2017 or 2018 showing total income of $45,644 or less or (ii) proof of eligibility for General Assistance, Food Stamps, Medical/CALWORKs or Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI) for calendar year 2017 or 2018. If you do not have any of these types of records, you can submit any other relevant records you might have and DCR will make a determination of whether they are sufficient to prove you are Low Income.

California Cannabis Arrest Or Conviction

Q: What is a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction?

A: It is an arrest or conviction in California for any crime under the laws of the State of California or the United States relating to the sale, possession, use, manufacture, or cultivation of Cannabis that occurred prior to November 8, 2016. That includes arrests by federal authorities in California and convictions in federal court in California.

Q: How do I prove I have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction?

A: You can prove you have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction by providing DCR at least one court or government document reflecting your arrest or conviction in California relating to the sale, possession, use, manufacture, or cultivation of Cannabis that occurred prior to November 8, 2016.  If you do have any of these types of records, you can submit any other relevant records you might have and DCR will make a determination of whether they are sufficient to prove you have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction.

Q: What if I have no records to prove that I have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction?

A: Unfortunately, if you have no records to prove that you have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction, DCR will not be able to verify that you are a Tier 1 Social Equity Applicant on the basis of an arrest or conviction. You may still be eligible to be a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant if you have records showing you are Low Income and have resided in a Disproportionately Impacted Area for the requisite period of time.

Residency In A Disproportionately Impacted Area

Q: What is a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA)?

A: The City Council commissioned a Social Equity Analysis Report to identify areas of the City that were disproportionately impacted by the prior criminalization of cannabis. The Report identified the following zip codes as DIAs:

Q: How do I prove I resided in a DIA for 5 or 10 years?

A: You should provide DCR at least one dated document that includes your name and address for each year are attempting to prove residency.  DCR will accept tax or financial records, property deeds, mortgage or lease documents, government housing or assistance records, utility bills, education records, employment records, vehicle registrations, identification cards, etc. If you do have any of these types of records, you can submit any other relevant records you might have and DCR will make a determination of whether they are sufficient to prove you have resided in a DIA for the requisite period of time.

Q: Did I have to reside in a DIA for 5 or 10 consecutive years?

A: No. You just have to prove that you have lived in a DIA for a cumulative period of 5 or 10 years. For example, if you lived in a DIA from 2001 through 2003 and 2011 through 2012, you will meet the 5-year residency requirement.

Q: Did I have to reside in a DIA at a certain point in my life?

A: No. Residency in a DIA at any point in your life will count towards the residency requirement.

Q: Can I use records with my parent’s or guardian’s name to prove I resided in a DIA as a minor?

A: Yes, you can submit residency records in your parent’s or guardian’s name, along with a birth certificate or other government record establishing your relation to your parent or guardian, and DCR will determine whether they are sufficient to prove residency.

Q: What if I have no records to prove that I resided in a DIA for the minimum number of years?

A: Unfortunately, if you have no records to prove residency in a DIA, DCR will not be able to verify that you are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Social Equity Applicant on the basis of residency. You may still be eligible to be a Tier 1 Social Equity Applicant if you have records showing you are Low Income and have a California Cannabis Arrest or Conviction.