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In 2007, Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) established the Chanlyut program in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage, as a two-year residential learning community. In 2011, CITC completed the expansion of Chanlyut’s residential facility, increasing the program’s capacity to 50 residents.


Chanlyut is an officially approved replication of the Delancey Street model for education and social rehabilitation. Delancey Street was founded in 1971 by ex-convict John Maher and Dr. Mimi Silbert in San Francisco, California. Their founding dream was to develop a new model of support for those wanting to change patterns of substance abuse, incarceration and other serious life challenges by empowering them to become their own solution.

As part of the learning experience, Delancey Street’s work-training enterprises—a restaurant, moving company, dry cleaners, promotional item sales, furniture design, auto repair and construction trades—are completely staffed by residents. Revenues generated by these enterprises are returned to Delancey Street’s $24 million annual budget, making program operations almost entirely self-sustaining.

Since 1971, more than 14,000 residents have graduated from the Delancey Street program into mainstream society as successful, non-offending citizens leading productive and rewarding lives.

An estimated 75 percent of the residents remain law-abiding, drug-free and self-sufficient after graduation.