How to Qualify

Who Can Participate in the CORE Program?

To be eligible for the CORE Program, you must qualify under one of the five classifications below. Classifications 1 and 2 are for individuals, while Classifications 3, 4 and 5 are for businesses.


Lives in a low-income household, AND:

a) Have been arrested for cannabis–related crime between 1980-2011 or

b) An immediate family member who meets the description above


Lived in a low income household in the following zip codes for 5 consecutive years between 1980 and 2011: 95811, 95815, 95817, 95820, 95823, 96824, 95826, 95828, 95818, 95838 and 95832.


Businesses with no less than 51% ownership by Classifications 1& 2 individuals.


CORE Program Incubator.

How to Verify Eligibility

An applicant shall provide the following with its application for the program, in addition to any other documentation that the City deems necessary to determine the applicant’s eligibility:

a. Proof of Income: Proof of income shall be supported with federal and state income tax returns and at least one of the following documents from the last five (5) years: two months of pay stubs; proof of currently eligibility for General Assistance, food stamps, Medi-Cal/CalWORKS, supplemental security income, or social security disability, or similar documentation.

b. Proof of Residency: Proof of residency shall be supported by a minimum of two of the following documents: California driver’s license or identification card records, property tax billings and payments, signed rental agreement, verified copies of state or federal tax returns with an address in the geographic area of the city of Sacramento, school records, medical records, banking records, Sacramento Housing Authority records, or utility, cable, or internet company billing and payment records.

c. Proof of arrest or conviction of a cannabis-related crime: Proof of an arrest or conviction of a cannabis-related crime shall be demonstrated by federal or state court records indicating the disposition of the criminal matter, records expungement documentation, or any other applicable law enforcement record.