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.

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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.

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Cold Weather Clothing & Canned Food Exchange

Attention All Trans* Folx!!

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

Many trans, gender non conforming and non binary folks do not have and cannot afford clothing that matches their gender identity .

Donations needed

  • New or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, belts, purses
  • New in package underwear and socks
  • Warm adult clothing in sizes: Boys Large to Men’s XXL, Women’s S to 2XL. 
  • Canned food

Event Date: Saturday, December 15 from 1PM to 4PM at the LGBT Life Center - 247 West 25th Street, Norfolk, Va.

We plan on having chilli, ham biscuits, and cookies for snacks!!

Please contact Transactivistva@gmail.com for donation drop off points and any other questions

Transgiving is co sponsored by the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, New Life MCC and the LGBT Life Center

Interested in organizing a Transgiving event in your community, we can help. Contact us at Transactivistva@gmail.com


Burlyville Thrill & Charlie's American Cafe present...

Join us for Charlie's American Cafe’s very first Burlesque Brunch brought to you by Burlyville Thrill. First up, we're bringing you a very special event full of treats and tease. Grab some delicious brunch and then join us in the stage room where you'll see our performers put on a tasty burlesque show for a great cause!

We will be partnering with TAP Virginia which is an organization that aims to end homelessness in the transgender community. Charlie's American Cafe will be donating 10% of all sales of food on show day and Burlyville Thrill will be donating all proceeds from raffle to TAP Virginia.

**TICKETS** :: in lieu of selling tickets, we're doing a canned food drive to additionally benefit TAP Virginia. BRING YOUR CANNED GOODS FOR ENTRY 

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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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