Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification


“DCR will accept Social Equity Program (SEP) Eligibility Verification Applications from Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 until Monday, July 29th, 2019. Verified SEP Applicants will be allowed to participate in SEP Priority Processing in Phase 3 Retail and Delivery Licensing. DCR will not review applications submitted after Monday, July 29th, 2019. If the City Council later adopts additional eligibility criteria for the Social Equity Program, DCR will provide an opportunity for individuals to be verified under the new criteria.

Individuals MUST complete the SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification process in order to participate in the Social Equity Program and to be eligible to apply for SEP Priority Processing for Phase 3 Retail and Delivery Licensing.

The SEP Applicant Eligibility Verification process will also be used to determine eligibility for certain related programs, such as property assistance and the Fee Deferral Program, which are components of the City’s Social Equity Program.

As a part of the eligibility verification process, applicants will be required to upload various documents to prove certain eligibility criteria. At a later date, DCR will also verify that Social Equity Applicants applying for Phase 3 Retail and Delivery Licensing maintain the requisite Equity Shares in their businesses.

DCR will process Social Equity Program Eligibility Applications as they are received and provide eligibility determinations to applicants as soon as possible. DCR will treat all applications submitted between May 28th and July 29th the same — applicants will not receive any special priority for Phase 3 processing based upon when they submitted an eligibility verification application. Most importantly, Social Equity Program Eligibility Verification is FREE and you do not have to pay any fees to DCR to apply to be verified.

DCR will host the second Phase 3 Retail and Delivery Licensing and the Social Equity Program stakeholder meeting and technical assistance workshop, on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Council President Herb Wesson of Council District 10, and Councilmember Curren Price of Council District 9 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Theater. Please RSVP here.

To learn more about the Social Equity Program, and to begin the eligibility verification process, please visit DCR’s Social Equity Program webpage.

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