Founded in 2013 by Jake Rostovsky (a trans individual, himself), Trans United with Family and Friends (TUFF) is dedicated to providing financial assistance to underserved trans individual to ease their access to healthcare, transition services, safe housing and education. TUFF offers individualized case management by pairing recipients to programs tailored to their specific needs. By focusing on the health and well-being of each recipient, TUFF evaluates the needs of each person. While the goal of the program is to provide financial assistance for healthcare and transition expensives, TUFF acknowledges that addressing these basic needshelps improve overall quality of life. For example, many of our applicants are unable to secure employment because their body does not match their identity. Receiving the financial assistance to adequately transition and receive healthcare, so that their body matches their mind, they often suddenly become 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.
TUFF receives, on average, over 100 applications per month for funding and resource requests. About a third of our applicants have no way to financially secure access to healthcare, safety and shelter and are unfortunately at very high risk of suicide, homelessness and severe financial distress. TUFF aims to help trans individuals who may be most vulnerable by providing financial (or other) resources and mental health options. We cannot stand to lose more members of our community to suicide, depression, discrimination etc., and by helping in the ways we've outlined, TUFF stands to be at the forefront of this movement.