You will need to provide some documentation to verify your eligibility for the Social Equity Program when submitting your application. Below please find some documentation best practices to aid you during the application process.
Types of documents needed to prepare for the application process:
- A Massachusetts driver’s record or Massachusetts ID card record
- A signed lease agreement that includes the applicant’s full name
- Residential property deed that includes the applicant’s full name
- School records with the applicant’s full name and address
- Housing authority records with the applicant’s full name and address
- Banking records with the applicant’s full name and address
- Utility bills, which identifies energy and water use
- Dated notices or correspondence from a local or state government entity that includes the applicant’s full name and address
- All documents must be clear and legible
- Documents cannot be self-prepared
- All leases must be signed and dated
- Five years of residency in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA) can be composed of multiple years in different DIAs and does not need to be a consecutive five-year period
- Please note: DIAs may divide streets and neighborhoods into several different census tracks. Do not assume you meet the criteria based on a nearby neighbors’ acceptance into the program
- You must verify that your address is in a DIA by using the Census GEOCODER
- Documents submitted must be from official entities with verifiable records such as driving records, utility bills, banking statements, voter registrations, tax transcripts, etc.
- Income verification and Proof of DIA documentation examples can include bank statements, IRS transcripts, W2s, government agency etc. (Income verification documentation is only required for one year)
- Verify that your income is less than 400% of the Area Median Income
- Documentation should not include unverifiable information such as marketing advertisements, 1040 tax filings, or residents that are not located in DIAs
- All documents must be verifiable
Additional examples of multiple forms of eligible documentation:
- If you were registered to vote, you may be able to obtain proof of residency by contacting a local election official and asking for your voting record.
- If you are a Massachusetts driver, you may be able to obtain proof by requesting your driving record online, in person, by phone or by mail, from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. This may be submitted in lieu of a physical driver’s license or if your driver’s license does not date back far enough. Please note fees are associated with requesting driving records.
Interested participants can apply to the Social Equity Program (SEP) via the Commission’s online Massachusetts Cannabis Industry Portal (MassCIP).
General tutorials to help navigate MassCIP are available here.
Still Have Questions?
For more information on how to apply, read our Frequently Asked Questions about the Social Equity Program.
For More Information
For questions regarding the Commission’s Equity Programs, email Equity@CCCMass.com or call (774) 415-0200.
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