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 Transactivistva@gmail.com

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  • 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.

volunteer with us

We accept financial donations from private businesses and individuals for a program that provides food to current homeless transgender clients, and those clients residing in our host homes.


We accept donations such as linens, towels, bedding, cleaning supplies and toiletries to help defray the costs associated with being a volunteer home host. Click here to view our wish list.

If you have questions or concerns about a donation, please contact us at Transactivistva@gmail.com.


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About Us

Mission Statement

The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAPVA 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.

Voting While Trans

Trans folks & Voter ID Laws


There has been concern recently about transgender folks having trouble at the voting polls due to Voter ID laws. We all know that identity documents (drivers’ license, birth certificates, etc.) can be a problem area for transgender folks. However, there is no valid reason that a poll worker can deny you from voting based on any discrepancy between the gender marker or gender presentation on your photo ID and your gender identity or current gender presentation.

More than ever, we need transgender voices to be heard in the voting booths! First, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 15, so don’t wait! You can register to vote online here.  Second, the upcoming election is on Tuesday, November 6th from 6:00am-7:00pm. You can find your polling place, double check if you are registered, and request an absentee ballot through this portal.  

In Virginia, you must present a photo ID to vote in person. You can find a list of acceptable photo IDs here. If you don’t have valid photo IDs, you can get a free voter photo ID by filling out this form in person at your local General Registrar’s office. This free voter photo ID does not have a gender marker.

Once again, you cannot be denied a ballot because of gender discrepancies on a photo ID. Please report if you have any problems exercising your right to vote because you are transgender or gender diverse, or because your gender presentation does not match your gender marker on your photo ID. You can call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). We also encourage you to share your story through Equality Virginia’s Tell It page

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has a great #VotingWhileTrans info sheet (in Spanish and English) that includes how to vote, what to do if you experience issues with voting due to your photo ID and gender marker, and what to tell poll workers if they give you trouble.

Expanded Health Care in Virginia

Virginia to Begin Accepting Applications for Expanded Health Coverage on 11/1/18

 RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that beginning on November 1, 2018, state agencies will accept applications from Virginia adults newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion. 

Eligible adults will begin receiving services starting January 1, 2019. The new coverage is available to men and women ages 19 through 64 who are not eligible for Medicare and who meet income requirements, which vary by family size. For example, a single adult with an annual income at or below $16,754 may be eligible for coverage. An adult in a three-person family with a total household annual income at or below $28,677 may be eligible. 

More information about the new health coverage and eligibility rules is available at www.coverva.org. The website includes an eligibility screening tool to help individuals assess whether they may qualify for coverage. Visitors to the website can sign up to receive regular information through email and text about the new coverage and enrollment process. Information is also available by calling 1-855-242-8282. Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired can call 1-888-221-1590. 

Hampton Roads Transgender Day of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives that have been lost too soon. Through speakers, art, 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. Please join us as we stand in solidarity and hope.

The event will begin promptly at 7:00pm at New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads, VA (1000 Sunset Drive, Norfolk, VA).


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Upcoming and recurring events and meetings - we hope to see you there!

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Questions / Contact Us

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia

(757) 563-4784

Tweet us @TAPVirginia and like our page on Facebook!

General questions: transactivistva@gmail.com
Volunteer contact: tapvavolunteer@gmail.com

Media inquiries: please contact Kara Johnson at tapvapublicrelations@gmail.com or call  (757) 933-1423.

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