Founded in 2013, Trans United with Family and Friends (TUFF) aims to provide access to healthcare, transition services, safe housing and education for the underserved transgender population. TUFF offers individualized case management by pairing recipients to programs tailored to their specific needs. By focusing on the healthcare aspect of each recipient, TUFF also helps improve other aspects of their lives. TUFF holistically looks at the needs of each person, and has realized that if one area of someone’s life improves, so will others. While most of TUFF’s applicants express need with healthcare issues, it is clear that by addressing these problems in helps to improve others areas of their lives. For example, many of our applicants are unable to become employed because their body does not match their identity.
By being able to transition and receive healthcare, they are suddenly that much more employable.
It is clear that people who have been able to transition are that much more functional, confident and productive members of society.
At this moment, TUFF get’s on average 100 applications per month for funding and resource requests. About a third of the applicants have no other options to find help and access to healthcare, schooling, safety and shelter and are at very high risk of suicide, homeliness and financial distress. This is time the transgender movement really needs to be most impactful, as the community is constantly loosing members due to the issues previously mentioned. TUFF will be at the forefront of this movement by providing resources and options for these individuals. Now is the time to start working towards the advancement of the transgender community. TUFF will be at the forefront of this movement.