About the CIT program
CIT is an integral part of the Anchorage School District's Title I Program which provides services throughout the district to homeless children and youth. Our goal is to promote school stability and success for homeless students. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which was reauthorized as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, guides our decisions in determining eligibility and the services we provide.
CIT in the Anchorage Community
CIT collaborates with community agencies to provide services to our families. We provide referrals to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, NeighborWorks Alaska and Cook Inlet Housing Authority for housing assistance. Catholic Social Services, Covenant House Alaska and the Salvation Army receive referrals from CIT and frequently refers families to CIT.
Rights of Homeless Students
- Stay in their school-of-origin; the school attended when last permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled
- Enroll in any school which non-homeless students living in the attendance area are eligible to attend
- Reduced barriers to enrollment in a new school
- Receive transportation assistance to remain in school-of-origin for the duration of the school year
- Receive comparable services provided to other students
- Have their enrollment disputes expediously addressed by the district's homeless liaison and have the right to attend their school during the dispute resolution process
- Increase enrollment, attendance and educational success by providing students with basic material necessities
- Increase homeless students' educational success through academic and enrichment support opportunities
- Strengthen family, school and community partnerships