Child in Transition/Homeless
About the CIT/H program
CIT/H 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 Education Assistance Improvements ActThis link will open in a new window, 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/H in the Anchorage community
Since the 2008-09 school year CIT/H has annually identified more than 2,000 ASD students that were homeless. The number of students increased steadily though the 2011-12 school year followed by a decrease in 2012-13. Since 2012-13 the number of identified homeless students has remained relatively stable.
In addition to ASD staff, CIT/H collaborates with community agencies to provide services to our families. We provide referrals to Alaska Housing Finance Corportation, NeighborWorks Anchorage and Cook Inlet Housing Authority for housing assistance. Catholic Social Services, Covenant House Alaska and The Salvation Army receive referrals from CIT/H and frequently refers families to us.
Rights of homeless students
- Stay in their school-of-origin; which is 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
- Enroll in a new school without immunization, proof of residential status, school records, proof of guardianship or other documents
- Receive transportation services to their school of origin, to the extent feasible
- Receive services (including transportation, preschool, meals, special education) comparable to those provided to other students
- Have their enrollment disputes expeditiously addressed by the homeless district 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