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.


Please consider making a donation today.

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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.

Advocating For Transgender Rights In Virginia

Equality Virginia 2019 Day of Action

 As advocates for transgender rights in Virginia, TAPVA is calling on all transgender Virginians, TAPVA volunteers and our allies to make your voices heard!

Homelessness in the trans community will continue unabated unless there are trans specific non discrimination laws in place addressing housing, employment, and public accommodations in Virginia.

EV's annual Day of Action is being held in less than two weeks on Tuesday, January 29th! This day is all about empowering LGBT and allied Virginians to create positive change, meet with legislators to discuss bills important to the LGBT community, and attend workshops hosted by some of the area's top attorneys and fellow activists. 

We need you there to make it a success - have you registered yet?

Everyone leads busy lives and might not be able to make it to Richmond. If you want to help us in our efforts to make  life-changing protections for LGBT people in our Commonwealth,  here is your chance to make your voice a part of history by letting your legislator know why it’s so important to you that we protect our neighbors and friends from discrimination by clicking here.


Thrifty Quaker Fundraiser

 TAPVA will receive the proceeds from The Thrifty Quaker thrift store for the month of February! This donation will go a long way in offering safe emergency housing and resources to 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 advocacy and education surrounding the issues trans people face on a daily basis.

A little about Thrifty Quaker:
The Thrifty Quaker is a great place to support because a worthy charity is chosen each month to receive the store’s proceeds. Many of your donated items will be given to persons in need within our community.
Typical yard sale items are accepted as donations: furniture, household items, clothing, books, music/video media, yard equipment, electronics, large and small appliances, pet items, and toys.
The Thrifty Quaker is acclaimed as having the best quality and prices of any thrift store in the Richmond area. It is operated by local Quakers from Midlothian Friends Meeting. All of your purchases support recycling and re-use, while also supporting local charities.

Website:  www.ThriftyQuaker.com
Hours: Monday thru Friday - 9:30am to 7pm
Saturday - 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday – closed
Donations Accepted:  Any time the store is open you may drop off items in the store, or if we are not open, in the basket in front of the store. Tax receipts available.

Find the Thrifty Quaker by:
Traveling to the village of Midlothian at the corner of Midlothian Turnpike and Coalfield Road in Midlothian Station Shopping Center (across from Sycamore Square)
Entering into your GPS:  13567 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian VA 23113,
Calling for directions at (804) 794-7158


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!!

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 Transactivistva@gmail.com for details


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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.

Please help us to continue our work