Frequently Asked Questions

Frequenty Asked Questions

General/Transition

Third-party administration of the Community Care Expansion (CCE) program under the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is transitioning from Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) to HORNE. HORNE is a professional services firm that works with clients to help them design and operationalize complex, large-scale, and equity focused systems change. The team has led some of the largest housing programs focused on supporting vulnerable populations in recent California history.

HORNE will administer both the CCE Expansion Program as well as the CCE Preservation Program. Please note that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)’s Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) will continue to be administered by AHP.

The transition is part of our ongoing mission to expand the state’s housing and care continuum, improve housing stability, and prevent the cycle of homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization. We expect this transition to benefit CCE awardees as the program continues to evolve. HORNE will utilize processes and systems already being implemented in similar programs supporting vulnerable populations.

During the transition, you may reach out to support@CCEprogram.com with any questions related to CCE or this transition. CDSS appreciates your continued dedication to serving older adults and people with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through the CCE program.

Awardees

The transition will not affect the status of your CCE award. CDSS is working closely with HORNE to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of all materials and documentation as part of the CCE program to its systems and databases. HORNE will work with your team to guide you through the post-award process so that you can enter into the Program Funding Agreement with HORNE.

You will be assigned a main point of contact from HORNE who will serve as your grant coordinator throughout the contracting and fund disbursement process. This grant coordinator will also support you during the course of your project’s implementation. A representative from HORNE will contact you to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your new grant coordinator to discuss your CCE award in detail and answer any questions you may have.

All materials related to the CCE program will be transferred into a new system of record managed by HORNE. All awardees will soon have access to the system and be able to see the materials that have been submitted and the current status of the award. A representative from HORNE will also contact you to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your new grant coordinator to discuss your CCE award in detail and answer any questions you may have. Additional information or clarification may be needed as CDSS and HORNE work with you to enter into a Program Funding Agreement.

Grantees

All materials related to the CCE program, including grant agreements, will be transferred into the new system of record managed by HORNE. All grantees will soon have access to the system and will be able to see the materials that have been submitted. Additionally, grantees will be able to access information related to their CCE award and their grant agreement. A representative from HORNE will also contact you to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your new grant coordinator to discuss your CCE award in detail and answer any questions you may have. At that time, HORNE will collect the sponsor’s account information in order to process grant disbursements.

You will be assigned a main point of contact from HORNE who will serve as your grant coordinator throughout the process. A representative from HORNE will contact you to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your new grant coordinator to discuss your CCE award in detail and answer any questions you may have.

Applicants

CDSS and HORNE will continue to review and award projects on a rolling basis. CDSS closed the CCE application portal on Thursday, June 1, 2023, and is in the process of evaluating all application submissions in the order they were received and any project proposals that received an extension.

All materials related to the CCE program will be transferred into a new system of record managed by HORNE. Additional information or clarification may be requested as CDSS and HORNE continue review of your application. All applicants will soon have access to the system and be able to see the materials that were previously submitted. Applicants will be able to track the status of their application in real-time in this system. You will receive instructions on how to access the new system in the coming weeks.

All documentation related to your application will be transitioned from AHP to HORNE. Additional information or clarification may be requested as CDSS and HORNE continue review of your application.

CCE Expansion Program

The final budget reviewed and reflected within the PFA must align with the budget approved at the time of award. If you need to make any changes or have concerns, please reach out to your Grant Coordinator. All budget changes must be approved by CDSS and HORNE. For all applicants who did not receive an award with AHP, budget changes will not be allowed after an award has been finalized.

Yes. As long as pre-award costs are not reimbursed, they are considered a sunk cost. All sunk costs, with documentation of paid invoices, can be utilized for the match amount.

Yes. A seller carryback, similar to a traditional bank loan, can be considered match funding brought to the project by the sponsor.

CCE Preservation Program

There is no maximum or minimum. Funding should be allocated to the highest and best use related to a county’s goals consistent with the prioritization criteria outlined in Section 204 of the NOFA.

A new portal and system of record is under development. Once finalized, counties will be provided a link and login information to access the portal.

No. If the PFA has already been executed, you will not need to create a new PFA.

Yes. If program funding is going to a facility, there needs to be a contract in place. The contract can be with the county or its contracted third-party administrator.

ACH payments will be made directly to the banking information the applicant provides.

Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) has a public website where you can search for facilities to get this information. To verify that licensed facilities are in good standing, visit the website here.

Yes. Collaboration between county departments is strongly encouraged. However, one county department is ultimately responsible for the program administration and oversight, as determined by the county and indicated on the director certification.

The acquisition of property is not eligible for CCE Preservation funds. However, funding through the Capital Expansion RFA: CCE Capital Expansion grants can be used for acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation to preserve and expand adult and senior care facilities serving Supplemental Security Income/ State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) applicants and recipients, including those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. While the application portal has closed, applications that were submitted prior to June 1, 2023 will be considered for Capital Expansion grant funding.

Yes. They would be considered eligible residents and could be counted as such. In this scenario, the county should be working with the resident county to ensure no duplication of funds.

Yes. The residents receiving SSI, regardless of other supports they may be receiving, would count toward the eligibility numbers.

To be eligible for CCE Operating Subsidy Payment (OSP) funds, facilities must confirm operational deficit amounts are a result of applying all existing revenues, regardless of funding source, to operational expenditures.  If, after incorporating all existing revenues available to either the facilities planned operational budgets or actual financials, they still have a deficit, they may be eligible to receive OSP funds.  Counties may consider working with facilities to ensure they are braiding funding appropriately and supplementing funds and not supplanting.