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A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness



Our Programs

Our Emergency Assistance Program is board-led and comprised of a network of compassionate volunteers who are carefully selected and trained to help homeless transgender adults from all walks of life who suddenly find themselves without a home. 

TAPVA provides educational training to organizations and agencies who want to become more inclusive and knowledgeable around the issues facing the transgender community in Virginia. If you are interested, please contact us at

  • With your assistance, we help provide our clients with temporary emergency housing in our host homes, transportation to temporary housing, appointments, and workplaces,  while we put them in touch with local services to help them get the resources they need to get back on their feet.  Join our community and make a difference!
  • We are always looking for folks who are interested in becoming a home host. We have a working model in Norfolk, VA and will provide you with the insights needed to welcome homeless trans folks into your home. Please click here to learn more about our home host program.

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About Us

Mission Statement


The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAP VA is an all volunteer, trans led  501(c)(3) non-profit  organization created to end homelessness within the transgender community in Virginia. TAPVA provides educational opportunities around the important fact that trans rights are human rights by explaining the intersectionality between homelessness, discrimination, socioeconomic status and racism within the trans community in Virginia. 

Our goal is to offer safe emergency and temporary transitional housing to homeless transgender adults in Virginia, and to help them find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency while we continue to provide education surrounding the issues trans people face on a daily basis. 

Our program is unique because it is run by the transgender community for the transgender community.

Vision Statement


Our vision is to see the transgender community, and their allies, unite together to help transgender and gender non-conforming members of our community receive the resources they need to recover from hardship, free from discrimination, harassment, or violence due to their gender identity or gender expression.

Nondiscrimination Policy


The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

Fall 2019 Events

Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit


Every October, transgender and gender diverse folks are joined by friends, family, and allies for TIES (Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit). Last year, we welcomed more than 250 individuals identifying as transgender or gender diverse who participated in the day’s programs alongside over 100 allies. Register now to reserve your spot!

Transgender Day of Remembrance


 Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives. We will be remembering those who were senselessly murdered  and honoring those trans people who are attempting to live positive lives despite obstacles. Through speakers, music, and community-- we will join together to celebrate and remember our friends and family, as well as learn how to be better advocates and allies for trans people, especially trans people of color who face violence and discrimination at disproportionate rates.

Gender Expression Movement - Eastern Shore


You are not alone!

 The Gender Expression Movement Eastern Shore (GEM -ES) provides advocacy, resources and education about gender identity issues and social support to the Transgender, Non-conforming Non-binary and Gender Questioning members on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which is a rural  and isolated area with very limited trans specific resources. 

GEM - ES is based upon the success of the oldest trans social support group in Hampton Roads, Virginia - Gender Expression Movement - HR.

GEM Eastern Shore is made possible through the efforts of the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAP VA. Our goal is to help the trans community on the Eastern Shore of Virginia find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency and learn to live an authentic life while we continue to provide education surrounding the issues trans people face on a daily basis.  

We welcome all trans people who live on the Eastern Shore whether in Virginia or Southern Maryland to join us in community. 

The next meeting is Sunday, July 14. 

Please join us on Facebook for more information and join our beloved community of transfantastical people! 

You can also contact us at for more details.



Transgender Clothes Closet

Now Available in Portsmouth, Virginia by Appointment Only

You are invited to choose from a huge collection of free clothing collected just for you!!

Currently looking for spring and summer clothing donations!

Many trans, gender non conforming and non binary people do not have and cannot afford clothing that matches their gender identity  so here is your chance to shop free until you drop.

Clothing, accessories, shoes, and  health & beauty products are available.

Please contact for details


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Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia

Virginia, United States

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