The Trans Youth Resilience Fund is a direct financial assistance program that puts money in the hands of young trans and nonbinary individuals to support their health, safety, and wellness, as defined by them.
Funds Disbursed to Date
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Frequently Asked Questions
Any transgender or gender non-binary young person under the age of 26 living in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, or Delaware County is eligible for financial assistance through this program. We strongly encourage requests from trans youth of color, individuals living with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness to apply.
This program is designed to empower young, trans people to define what resources they need to maintain their own health, safety,joy, and wellness. Some examples of expenses that could be covered with this program include:
- Medical supplies and gender-affirming procedures
- Mental, behavioral, speech, and physical therapies
- Transportation to care
- Food and basic needs
- Laser hair removal, packers, binders, chest forms, wigs, and clothes
- Vital record changes and requests
- Eviction prevention and emergency rent support
- other goods, resources, or experiences that bring you joy
Individuals can receive up to $400 of financial assistance. This can be disbursed all at once or over time through multiple funding requests until the maximum amount is reached.
Once a request is made, it is our goal to connect with youth within 1-2 weeks. A staff member will discuss funding options, as well as other services or supports that might be needed to achieve a young person’s health, safety, and wellness goals. Funds can be disbursed as cash, check, or VISA gift card. The whole process is expected to take 1-3 weeks.
No and no! Funds can be disbursed as cash or VISA gift card, so no banking account is necessary to receive funds. Additionally, no receipts or proof of payment will need to be provided. Once funds are disbursed, they are yours. We are always here to help provide additional resources and supports, as needed.
If you were a recipient of funds, you are always welcome to email or call us and share bits of your story. With your permission, we will host testimonials and stories on our webpage and in our report. If you are an adult or ally looking to support this program, you can donate to the Trans Youth Resilience Fund and give directly to the health, safety, and wellness needs of trans and non-binary youth.
Resources for Trans and Non-binary Youth
If you or a young trans person you know needs housing support, including eviction prevention, rent support, emergency services, and harm reduction supplies, please call Valley Youth House at 1-888-468-7315.
Follow the Synergy Project: @SynergyPhilly
Follow the Y-HEP Health Center: @yhephealthcenter
If you or a young trans person you know is looking to meet other trans and non-binary youth or get connected to community and social services, please check out the Attic Youth Center at atticyouthcenter.org.
Follow the Attic Youth Center: @atticyouthcenter
If you or a young person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs to immediately talk to a mental health professional, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” 678-678.
Follow the Trevor Project: @TrevorProject